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Association merger will create new decentralised energy body

Combined organisation aims to bring together expertise around energy efficiency and district heating to reflect changing UK market needs

The Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) and the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) will merge their operations to better meet needs for holistic approaches to sustainable power and heating.

Plans to merge the two organisations were announced this week during the Heat and Decentralised Energy Conference in order to create a single entity that can focus on industrial, commercial, public sector and domestic applications.

The new combined Association for Decentralised Energy will see Dr Tim Rotheray retain his position with the organisation. ACE chief executive Dr Joanne Wade will serve as deputy director for the body.

Dr Rotheray said the merger came at a time of rapid developments in the decentralised energy sector that was providing solutions specifically built for individual customers. The move reflect a shift away from focusing solely on technology driven products.

Dr Rotheray added, “This shift is also being seen in government policy, with the Clean Growth Strategy and Industrial Strategy revealing how this user-led focus is now seen as critical in achieving its low carbon ambitions.

“At a time of such rapid change, it is vital our members have strong and clear representation to decision makers, and by bringing our two organisations together we are creating a powerful and unified voice for decentralised energy solutions across the industrial, commercial, public and domestic sectors.”

Dr Wade welcomed the merger as a means to allow energy customers to better manage their costs and emissions through the association’s expertise in providing a range of products and services.

She said, “Our collective resources and expertise in energy efficiency, demand side energy services, combined heat and power and district heating will deliver even greater member representation as well as supporting government in realising its decarbonisation ambitions.”

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