Combined Heat and Power Association

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The Association for Decentralised Energy
Abbreviation The ADE
Formation 1967
Legal status Non-profit company
Purpose Combined heat and power, district heating and demand side services in the United Kingdom
  • 6th Floor, 10 Dean Farrar Street, London, SW1H 0DX
Region served
c. 90 including energy, construction and manufacturing companies, universities and local councils
Dr Tim Rotheray
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The Association for Decentralised Energy (formerly the CHPA) is an advocate of an integrated approach to delivering energy locally.


The Association for Decentralised Energy has over 90 members including:


The ADE acts as an advocate for its members by engaging with Government and key decision makers to support cost effective and efficient solutions to industry, businesses and householders by:

  • Developing a policy which puts the energy user’s needs first
  • Delivering a local, low carbon energy system at lowest cost
  • Ensuring an understanding of heat, which makes up half of our energy use
  • Taking an integrated and 'systems thinking' approach
  • Helping users manage energy demand to limit the need for new generation capacity
  • Strengthening the sector’s reputation through industry standards and best practice[citation needed]

The Association also provide secretariat for the Independent Heat Customer Protection Scheme.


It was founded in 1967 as the District Heating Association, becoming the Combined Heat and Power Association in 1983, and was then renamed to the Association for Decentralised Energy on the 12th January 2015.

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