A trade body changing its name to the Association for Decentralised Energy or ADE says it is meant to reflect the shifting landscape of energy.
Formerly known as the Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA), the name-swap is to “better reflect” the interests of its 90-odd members.
Traditionally the body worked to promote combined heat and power projects plus district heating. With ever more emphasis moving towards local energy sources, the ADE says a “solutions”-based approach will trump focusing purely on types of technology.
It intends to bring things such as demand side response under its scope.
Dr Tim Rotheray, Director of the new Association for Decentralised Energy believes the way we generate and use energy “is in the midst of a significant transition” away from a centralised system.
He says: “From industry to local authorities, energy users are increasingly seeking local solutions to meet their energy needs. This change of name reflects our long-term vision to create a less costly, more secure and lower carbon energy system, dictated by users’ needs, not energy producers.”