Member Benefits

Experience the Value of IDEA

A Network of Industry Peers

Made up of today’s leading industry service providers, manufacturers, and district energy systems, IDEA’s growing membership of 2,400+ represents 25 nations globally.

Connect to thousands of industry professionals worldwide through our IDEAConnect online forums or search an area of expertise in our Member Directory.


District Energy Magazine

Members receive printed and/or digital subscriptions of District Energy magazine. Published quarterly since 1915, District Energy is one of the industry's leading publications for news, technical information and insight into the latest topics and issues affecting the district energy and combined heat and power industry.


Industry Recognition

IDEA Awards recognize member organizations and individuals that have demonstrated substantive and outstanding performance and achievement in the industry.


Engaged Industry Advocacy

Since IDEA was established in June 1909, our association has been "Informing, Connecting and Advancing" the global district energy industry by actively lobbying for policy and regulatory guidance that supports a positive business climate for members. IDEA conducts industry research to obtain operational data and statistical information that provides a benchmark for strategic decision making.


Member Discounts

Enjoy member discounts on IDEA conference registration, exhibit space, and advertising in District Energy Magazine. Gain member-only access to advertising space on IDEA’s website, including job postings marketed directly to highly qualified candidates.


IDEAConnect Online Forums

Continue conference discussion or pose a question to our membership through our IDEAConnect online forums. Special interest forums are one of the most-cited benefits of IDEA membership, whether you need insight or authoritative advice on a challenging problem or opportunity. IDEA Forums also meet face to face at IDEA conferences.


Products & Services Guide

District energy end-users look to IDEA as a resource for finding solutions to their needs. IDEA Business Partner members are entitled to a free listing in our public-facing Products & Services Guide.

Questions? Just Ask!

Jason Beal

Director, Membership Services

+1 (508) 366-9339