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Powering up district heat

  • Type HQN Event
  • Venue London
  • Start 08 Feb 2018 10:00
  • End 08 Feb 2018 16:00


Powering up district heat

District heat is set to play a major role in providing Britain with a low carbon, low cost energy supply.

The government is pumping more than £320m into new heat networks which it says could reduce heating costs by more than 30% for some households.

But despite being seen as the way to a greener future, district heat is not without its challenges.

In a rapidly growing market some housing associations and local authorities are struggling with poorly performing and outdated networks. Performance standards across the industry are still being standardised, but there remains some uncertainty as to what good value looks like.

After an initial honeymoon period, the industry has also received its fair share of bad press in recent months, with vocal residents venting their frustration in the media. 

These are not unexpected problems for a developing industry. District heat professionals remain confident that, given time, the market will transform the way future generations heat their homes.

This timely event will explore how landlords and developers are transforming the decades old concept of district energy with new innovations in order to bring the industry into the 21st Century.

Sessions include:

  • The policy landscape for district heat – aims for the future
  • Developing a new set of performance standards for heat networks
  • How new technology and data is helping landlords minimise risk and protect customers
  • Putting consumers centre stage – winning over hearts and minds
  • Best practice case studies.

Confirmed speakers:

Tim Rotheray, Director, ADE
Tim was appointed Director of the ADE in August 2013 having previously led the team as Head of Policy and Communications. Tim is responsible for the development and implementation of the association’s vision for the energy system and oversees the association’s strategic relationships with members, government, regulators and wider stakeholders. Tim joined the ADE as policy manager at the beginning of 2010 from the Micropower Council where he also held a policy role. During his time in the sustainable energy sector, Tim has also worked for the National Assembly for Wales where he researched the renewable energy potential and barriers in Wales. In his role as board member Tim provides strategic direction to the sector's European trade representatives Euroheat and Power and Cogen Europe while also contributing to government's district heating and Renewable Heat Incentive industry groups, and the CBI's energy policy committee.  

Casey Cole, Managing Director at Guru Systems
Having worked for more than 15 years in low-carbon energy, Casey Cole has in-depth experience of making sustainability work in practice: technically, commercially and legally. He co-founded Guru Systems in 2012 in response to the lack of smart metering and monitoring systems for decentralised energy networks. In November 2015, Casey was named Chair of the Board at Heat Trust, the customer protection scheme that sets out a common standard of quality and protection for the supply of heat on onsite energy networks.

Gareth Jones, Managing Director at FairHeat
Gareth has more than a decade of experience in the low-carbon energy sector, having established several start-up ventures across district heating, utility services, integrated solar ESCOs and biomass. He established FairHeat to bridge the expertise gap in the market and deliver the knowledge required to realise the full potential of heat networks in the UK. Gareth started his career at The Boston Consulting Group, moving on to Linklaters, firstly as Head of Strategy and then as Asia COO, overseeing joint ventures, mergers, new market entry, performance improvement and restructuring.

Victoria Keen, Head of Sustainability at The Guinness Partnership
Victoria is responsible for the overall direction of the environmental sustainability agenda at The Guinness Partnership, providing leadership and management, informing business practices and decision making. She oversaw and developed The Guinness Partnership’s approach to communal heating in new-build properties, including design, install and commissioning procedures, metering and billing strategy, system efficiency, overheating and heat loss.

Bindi Patel, Head of Scheme, Heat Trust

Who should attend?

  • Directors of asset management
  • Heads of service and senior managers for maintenance/asset management
  • Sustainability professionals
  • Performance and quality professionals
  • Policy and Strategy professionals
  • Housing managers/officers
  • Estate services teams.
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Delegate fees:
Full price: £289.00 *
Members of any HQN network: £209.00 *
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