Thursday 26th September 2018
Heat network specialist, Switch2 Energy, has been awarded a place on the Fife Council Heat Metering & Billing Services Framework Agreement, which will support participating local authorities and housing providers to deliver fully compliant projects and services with the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations.
Following a rigorous tender and assessment process, Switch2 has been fully approved to supply heat metering and billing services and associated equipment for new and existing local authority community and district heating schemes. This will ensure that statutory obligations are met for the collection of accurate meter readings and provision of clear billing information and bills.
Although the contract has only been live for four weeks, six Local Authorities have already decided to become early adopters of the framework, which covers both domestic and commercial properties attached to Local Authority operated district heat networks.
Switch2 Energy was assessed for technical and professional conformance, as well as cost – to ensure value for money and assure standards. This framework will simplify and accelerate the procurement process, while promoting value for money and quality standards.
To enable quick and efficient delivery of projects, participating Local Authorities will be able to award heat metering and billing contracts directly with the approved suppliers, under pre-agreed terms and conditions – safe in the knowledge that a rigorous assessment and due diligence process has already been completed. For larger or more complex projects, they can run a mini-competition to select from three Framework approved suppliers.
The Framework Agreement, which is compliant with Scottish and European Procurement Law, will run until 31 July 2022. To ensure sustainable contracts, the framework allows for call-off contracts for up to ten years, which is in line with the average meter life span.
Lee Parry, Category Manager with Fife Council, said: “Using our experience of communal and district heating schemes, we’ve created the heat metering and billing multi-supplier framework. The goal of the framework is to support organisations, who supply heat through communal and district heating schemes, to comply with the regulations. We look forward to working with suppliers and local authorities.”
Kirsty Lambert, Director of Switch2 Energy said: “Scotland’s district heating sector is growing rapidly, with full backing from the Scottish Government, which is encouraging lower carbon, affordable heat. We have partnered with Scotland’s heat network providers for many years and are delighted to be a successful supplier on the Fife Council Framework. We look forward to helping local authorities and housing providers across Scotland to procure heat metering and associated services in an efficient and cost effective way.”