Public Sector Network Tender Alert


388681-2012: UK-London: electricity

Circle Group is a group of nine Registered Providers who together manage over 65 000 homes across the UK and provide services for over 300 000 people. The members of Circle support communities and works to improve life chances amongst its customers by providing general needs housing and extra care and sheltered housing, as well as responsive support and services.
Circle was named in 2011 having changed its name from Circle Anglia which was formed in 2005 as a result of a merger between Circle 33 Housing Group and Anglia Housing Group. We now have 12 Group partners including 9 registered providers (RPs) of affordable housing, a support and care partner (Circle Support) as well as a commercial business that provides telecare services (Invicta Telecare), shared ownership properties for sale and leasehold property management and repairs services (Circle Living). Circle also operates a mutual exchange service, House Exchange.
Circle has the following values:
(i) People
We value the individual contribution our staff make to the success of the business
(ii) Partnership
We work in collaboration with our partners and recognise the strength and benefits of a collective approach to enhancing Life Chances.
(iii) Brand
We are passionate about delivering solutions that enhance the Life Chances of our customers
(iv) Belief
We are uncompromising in putting our customers at the heart of everything we do
Circle is seeking to appoint an Energy Provider Partner to work with Circle to achieve efficiencies in Circle's procurement of energy, provide ECO funding and to potentially alleviate the fuel poverty burden of Circle's customers.
To that end, Circle is seeking to enter into a term contract with a suitable Energy Partner for:
— the provision of funding under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) in order to carry out energy efficiency works at Circle's residential properties subject to regular benchmarking and market testing. The Energy Partner may also be required to carry out or to procure those works,
— the supply of gas and electricity for common parts and Circle's non-residential buildings and offices for the period of the contract subject to regular benchmarking and market testing,
— potentially and subject to licensing constraints, the future supply of energy to Circle's customers (and possibly others) at a beneficial, Circle preferential or community, tariff subject to regular benchmarking and market testing, and
— consultancy services to assist Circle's customers, e.g: training on energy efficiency in the home; advice on and possibly facilitation of switching between providers; advice on the best or most appropriate tariffs available to customers.
In order to procure these requirements, Circle is seeking to carry out a competitive dialogue procedure in order to establish the most effective means of delivering these objectives and to take advantage of the wealth of experience of energy providers in this sector.
As a contracting authority Circle needs to ensure that any contract it enters into satisfies the requirements of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended). A key consideration in this regard is the extent to which price certainty can be achieved throughout the term. If appropriate price certainty cannot be achieved, Circle reserves the right to amend the tender and contract documents as necessary and may opt to procure an Energy Partner for a reduced term or pursuant to a framework agreement rather than a contract.

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Circle Anglia Limited
Circle House, 1-3 Highbury Station Road
For the attention of: Paul Norman
N1 1SE London
Internet address(es):
General address of the contracting authority:
Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Contract value: The expected value of energy supply is 50 000 000 GBP over the life of the contract and the expected value of ECO works for Circle is 50 000 000 GBP over the life of the contract. In the event supply to domestic customers on preferential tariffs is permitted and Circle opts to include the opportunity in this procurement or any resulting contract, the value of this element is expected to be in the region of £1 billion. It is also anticipated that other contracting authorities may wish to use the contract however, the anticipated additional value of use by such organisations is not currently known but Circle estimates that such work may amount to an additional 400 000 000 GBP.Estimated value excluding VAT: 100 000 000,00 GBP

Published: 7 Dec 2012, Receipt by: 12 Jan 2013