Smart Energy Code Administrator and Secretariat Services
The purpose of this procurement is to secure Code Administrator and Secretariat services to support the SEC Panel in overseeing the Smart Energy Code.
UK-London: Administrative services for business operations
Section I: Contracting authority
Department of Energy and Climate Change
3 Whitehall Place
For the attention of: Tom Cattermole
SW1A 2AW London
Telephone: +44 3000686788
General address of the contracting authority: https://www.gov.uk/decc
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)
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 27: Other services
NUTS code UK
The Government’s vision is for every home in Great Britain to have smart energy meters – the next generation of gas and electricity meters. To enable this, a licensed Data and Communications Company (DCC) will be established to provide communication services between smart meters and the business systems of energy suppliers, network operators and other authorised service users.
The rights and obligations between the DCC and the users of its services (along with other provisions to govern the end-to-end management of smart metering) are set out in a new multiparty agreement, the Smart Energy Code (SEC). Governance of this will be carried out on a day to day basis by the SEC Panel, subject to the oversight of the Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem).
The purpose of this procurement is to secure Code Administrator and Secretariat services to support the SEC Panel in overseeing the Smart Energy Code. The Smart Energy Code Administrator and Secretariat (SECAS) will advise the SEC Panel about matters relating to the discharge of its functions and responsibilities in accordance with the Code as well as providing Parties with information relating to implementation of the Code.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is undertaking this procurement on behalf of the future Smart Energy Code Panel which will ultimately contract with the successful supplier through the Smart Energy Code Company. As such, DECC is of the view that this procurement is subject to neither the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 nor the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 (or any amendment of either). As such, and for the purposes of inviting expressions of interest in the provision of the SECAS services, DECC has elected voluntarily to advertise this opportunity through the Official Journal of the European Union and to follow a competitive process broadly similar to the restricted procedure as set out in the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006.
The Code Administration services will encompass support in relation to the conduct of the SEC Panel’s governance procedures and expert procedural advice encompassing (without limitation) any or all of the following:
o Configuration control of the Code and supporting documentation
o Modification of the SEC at the request of Parties, government or Ofgem
o Accession of Parties to the SEC
o The provision of advice and support to prospective SEC Parties
o Suspension, expulsion and withdrawal procedures for Parties
o Dispute resolution between Parties
o Entry of service users to the DCC
The Secretariat services will encompass support to the conduct of SEC Panel meetings relating to the administration of the Code including (without limitation) any or all of the following:
o Acting as clerk to the SEC Panel
o Scheduling SEC Panel meetings and sub-committee, working group and other meetings
o Arranging meeting facilities
o Recording Panel decisions
o Administering the election of Panel members.
The exact scope of the SECAS is still under review but more detail will be provided at the PQQ and ITT stages of the procurement. Background information on the Smart Metering Implementation Programme (SMIP) and the SEC can be found by following the links below:
Government’s consultation on the proposed rights and obligations to be contained in the Smart Energy Code – https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/43063/4896-smart-energy-code-con-doc.pdf
Government’s conclusions following responses to the SEC consultation above – https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/43075/6908-stage-1-smart-energy-code-cons.pdf
The DECC Smart Metering site – https://www.gov.uk/smart-meters-how-they-work
Information to bidders:
Bidders should register their interest to participate in relation to this contract notice by 8.3.2013 (12:00) (as specified in section IV.3.4 of this notice). Interest should be expressed by way of the submission of a completed Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ). Instructions for the submission of PQQ responses will be provided within the PQQ. To obtain a PQQ prospective bidders should send a properly formatted email request to email@example.com providing the following information:
o Subject: Request to receive SECAS PQQ
o Organisation name: [name]
o Single point of contact (SPOC): [name]
o SPOC job title: [title]
o SPOC email address: [email]
o SPOC telephone number: [number]
Copies of the PQQ will be issued via the DECC eTendering Portal (registration instructions will be provided upon receipt of the email request), and will be available from 4.2.2013. Further instructions will be made available at the time. Responses to the PQQ will be used to select and limit (as detailed in Section IV.1.2 of this notice) the number of candidates who will be invited to submit tenders.
75112000, 79100000, 79990000
Expected contract duration: Initial period of 4 (four) years with two subsequent 1 (one) year extension options, each on the part of the SEC panel.
The total contract value is expected to be between GBP 6 000 000 and GBP 15 000 000 exclusive of VAT, subject to the refinement of SECAS requirements.
Description of these options: Two 1 year extension options.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Description of particular conditions: In order to avoid conflicts of interest the supplier fulfilling the role of the SECAS will not be permitted to undertake the role of the DCC Licensee or to be one of its principal suppliers. The SECAS supplier will also be required to be substantially independent from other SEC Parties. Further information will be provided in the PQQ.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As set out in the PQQ.
Yes means of proof required as set out in the PQQ.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
As set out in the PQQ.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
GO Reference: GO-2013124-PRO-4538353
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:24.1.2013