It is vitally important to ascertain from the outset of a scheme what are the principal drivers of any Energy scheme. District Heating Schemes need to offer the end-user a low cost, secure and reliable service whilst also delivering value to the leading developer and/or investor. This needs to be achieved whilst providing the target environmental benefits and the planning conditions imposed on the site. Using its experience and industry know-how, Ener-Vate can work with the client to ensure all aspects of the scheme requirements are evaluated in a balanced way. The scheme begins with the correct motives and understanding of how each driver impacts the others. An essential aspect of initial project development and strategy is awareness of the risks and how each should be modelled and balanced. Each scheme is unique; therefore, a thorough assessment of risk and potential reward should be undertaken early to establish the strategy. This should include the short, medium and longer-term ambitions of the investor.