Issue details

Officer approval to sign access agreement for Midlands Energy Hub Dynamic Purchasing System (MEH DPS) in order to access pre-qualified suppliers and run tender exercise for Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery (GHG LAD) phase 2 project

- E.On were awarded the original works via direct award through the Fusion 21 framework in November 2019. The project, to install replacement gas heating systems at Fayre Oaks Home Park, uses external private funding from the Warm Homes Fund to target property types at particular risk of causing fuel poverty i.e. park homes.

- The contract was awarded directly to allow for an end-to-end (turn-key) solution as permitted by the council’s contract procedure rules (CPR’s). This was due to the requirement of the provider for an end-to-end solution for meter installations through to heating system commissioning and handover. E.on was deemed the only suitable supplier on the Fusion 21 procurement framework due to their scope of services matching with this requirement, thus providing greater efficiency and continuity of supplier.

- The current contract automatically lapsed on 30 November 2020 so that the extension clause within the contract cannot be enacted. This contract date was originally put in place to dovetail with the recipient (funding) agreement with Affordable Warmth Solutions CIC who administer the Warm Homes Fund.

- To date, 63 installations have been completed, with a further 60 targeted to be completed by project end (31 May 2021) when the funding will be withdrawn.

- A waiver of standing orders, accompanying this document has been obtained through the relevant approvals to grant this contract via seal approval.
- Warm Homes Fund projects seek to alleviate fuel poverty for eligible residents in the county via the installation of more efficient and economic heating systems;
- Fuel Poverty affects around 10,862 households in the county (12.9%). This figure is higher than the national level and reflects the challenges that the county faces in relation to the energy efficiency of properties including a large proportion of older, hard to treat properties and restricted access to mains gas due to the rural nature of the county
- Decreasing fuel poverty can be linked to increasing housing standards as well as health and wellbeing. –
- Housing also accounts for around a quarter of the County’s carbon dioxide emissions and therefore by helping to improve the energy efficiency of heating systems in properties, the Warm Homes Fund projects will contribute to climate change reduction targets.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 07/09/2021

Decision due: 3 September 2021 by Assistant Director for Regulatory, Environment and Waste Services

Contact: Matthew Locking, Energy strategy officer Email: