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ADE, ACE announce merger to form ‘unified voice’ for decentralised energy

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) is to merge with the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE).

The move, the two organisation said, was announced in a bid to create a “unified voice for decentralised energy solutions” across industrial, commercial, public and domestic sectors.

The resulting organisation will retain the ADE’s brand with Tim Rotheray continuing in his role as director. ACE chief executive Joanne Wade will take on the role of deputy director.

The ADE said it had received positive feedback from its members on the prospective merger and the new entity will boast nearly 150 members.

Rotheray said the decentralised energy sector was developing “at a rapid pace”.

“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,” he added.

ACE’s research activity will continue under the ACE Research brand, and Wade said the two organisations’ collective resources and expertise would deliver “even greater member representation”.

“I strongly believe that an organisation that represents the suite of products and services that can be brought to bear at an energy customer’s site to manage costs and cut emissions has the potential to be a powerful advocate,” she said.