Kettering General Hospital seeks energy performance contractors

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Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is seeking potential suppliers for a major energy project.

The Trust plans to build a new energy centre, upgrade back-up generation and implement energy efficiency measures including smart lighting.

It has commissioned ETL, a specialist consultancy spun out of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, to help select a supplier. The firm will use its energy performance contracting (EPC) framework to run a competitive tender. It plans to select a supplier by the year-end with works commencing mid-2020.

Nine energy services companies (Escos) are currently on the OJEU-compliant framework, which ETL sustainability director, Alexandra Hammond, said removes complexity and enables a faster route to market for energy services procurement.

“The NHS has been charged with being carbon zero by 2050,” she added. “The challenges are substantial”.

Under EPC models, organisations pay for infrastructure upgrades from the energy bill savings they enable. These can be funded so that clients pay nothing upfront, enabling capex-constrained organisations to purchase essential kit. Providers have to guarantee the savings.

In some cases, NHS Trusts have saved £2m within 12 months of an EPC-based energy upgrade.

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