City’s Green Deal partner shortlist revealed

A shortlist of four bidders has been named by Birmingham City Council as part of its ongoing search for a delivery partner for its pioneering Birmingham Energy Savers scheme.

The council launched its search in response to the Government’s Green Deal proposals in September 2011 for the project – which has a maximum capital value of £1.55billion and involves up to 26 contracting authorities (including other local authorities and public bodies).

From the 90 organisations that expressed an initial interest in the scheme, four bidders are about to enter the next stage of the procurement and develop their detailed proposals with the City Council. Those selected are:

Carillion Energy Services
E.ON Energy Solutions Limited & Amey Community Limited (consortium)
RWE npower Plc & Enterprise Management Services Ltd (consortium)
SSE Energy Solutions & Mark Group Limited (consortium)

The appointment of a Green Deal ‘Delivery Partner’ will be an important step toward meeting the council’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 60 per cent by 2026 (when compared to 1990 baseline levels), as the delivery partner will seek to deliver energy saving measures to15,000 households during the initial three-year period of the contract.

Mark Barrow, Strategic Director for Development at Birmingham City Council, said: “This is an important step on the road to establishing the Birmingham Energy Savers pathfinder programme and creating a long term programme of building improvements.

“It is pleasing that we have such strong bidders competing to deliver this ground-breaking programme that will deliver the largest housing refurbishment programme in the country for owner occupiers and kick start the green economy in Birmingham.

“This is a truly innovative scheme as we are procuring a delivery partner for ourselves and up to 26 other contracting authorities – the successful roll out will enable Birmingham to deliver on strategically important objectives such as reducing carbon footprint, improving the quality and affordability of homes, address the issue of fuel poverty and create the conditions for a vibrant, low-carbon, economy.

“Young people leaving college this summer can now contemplate a career in the green economy confident that this programme is well on the way and will be delivering in the long term.”

The council anticipates that the procurement exercise will now progress to the award of a contract in the autumn of 2012.

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For more media information, please contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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