The UK District Energy Vanguards Network is a UK-wide knowledge exchange network whose core consists of local authorities and housing associations actively developing or operating district energy systems.
There are currently over 120 public sector members. The Network is open to all UK local authorities and housing associations who are developing district energy.
We have been involved in the network since 2011, and between 2011 and 2014 we co-convened the network with district energy practitioner Michael King.
The Network facilitates communication between members, shares good practice and addresses common problems. It also brings core members together with representatives of central and devolved government, industry, universities and third sector organisations to disucss specific policy matters – for example, in 2013 DECC roadtested proposals in the UK Government Heat Strategy with network members (link to report).
District Heat Policy Options in the UK: Workshop report Vanguards Network
David Hawkey ( 2013 )
Next Steps in Financing District Energy: Workshop report Vanguards Network
Janette Webb, Margaret Tingey and David Hawkey ( 2013 )
DECC Heat Strategy Consultation 2012 Response to Consultation from the District Heating UK Local Authorities’ Vanguard Network
David Hawkey ( 2012 )
Financing District Heating Initiatives: Workshop summary Vanguards Network
David Hawkey ( 2012 )
Leadership and Organisation for District Energy: Workshop Report Vanguards Network
Heather Lovell ( 2011 )
District Energy Vanguards Network: Developing Your Business Case
District Energy Vanguards Network: Heat Networks Investment Programme and District Energy Procurement Agency
District Energy Vanguards Network: Financial Plans, Building a Heat Tariff and Heat Metering
District Energy Vanguards Network: What Works for District Energy Business Models in Britain?
District Energy Vanguards Network: Next Steps in Financing District Energy
District Energy Vanguards Network meet to discuss UK Gov Heat Strategy
The UK Government plans to publish its Heat Strategy in March 2013. DECC wished to test proposals relating to district heating with the members of the Vanguards Network. To this end the Vanguards met on Friday 15th February 2013, and were kindly hosted by Sheffield City Council at the Sheffield Town Hall.
District Energy Vanguards Network: Financing District Heating Initiatives
District Energy Vanguards Network: Leadership and Organisation for District Energy
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