Energy Administration Services Department of Energy and Climate Change

Energy Administration Services Department of Energy and Climate Change

Administration licence for the microgeneration certification scheme (MCS).

UK-London: energy and related services

2012/S 93-154127

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Department of Energy and Climate Change
Area 1B, 3 Whitehall Place
For the attention of: Liz Amato
SW1A 2AW London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 3000685102
E-mail: liz.amato@decc.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.decc.gov.uk

Electronic access to information: www.microgenerationcertification.org

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)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity

Other: Regulation of low carbon energy
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Administration licence for the microgeneration certification scheme (MCS).
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 27: Other services
NUTS code UKI

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Energy and related services. This tender is for a new licence holder who can administer the microgeneration certification scheme (MCS) working closely with the “MCS company” (a company limited by guarantee). Providing guidance and support to the microgeneration industry and ensuring standards are maintained, to uphold the reputation of a nascent industry at a crucial stage of its development. The licence agreement will give the licensee permission and conditions for use of the MCS Mark and Standards, the licensee will then be responsible for:
— Administering MCS including supporting the sublicensing of the mark and standards to accredited certification bodies,
— Overseeing the development of technical standards, and competency and skills criteria for microgeneration installers,
— Maintaining and developing the microgeneration installer database (MID).
MCS is to be established as a not-for-profit private company, this company will be formed of industry representatives and will be required to work with the licensed administrator. The licence holder will be required to report to the new MCS company who will be responsible for overseeing the scheme’s decision making process and related liabilities.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

71314000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

The main objectives for MCS is to provide consumer protection and to support the development and implementation of robust industry standards. The contract will be for a period of 3 years, with the option of a further extension of 2 years following a review.
The Licence does not come with any financial support from the Government, as the scheme currently generates enough revenue to be self funded. The scheme is not for profit, and all funds raised are to be spent on the support and promotion of the microgeneration Certification Scheme to deliver consumer protection and support the sustainable development of the microgeneration sector. All financial decisions will be subject to the agreement of the MCS company.
The funding will be generated from participating bodies, with an anticipated turnover of between 1 500 000 GBP and 2 000 000 GBP per annum. Please note this sum is not guaranteed as it depends on the number of transactions generated within the scheme.
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Number of possible renewals: 1
In the case of renewable supplies or service contracts, estimated timeframe for subsequent contracts:
in months: 24 (from the award of the contract)
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Please contact Liz Amato for a pre-qualification criteria at liz.amato@decc.gsi.gov.uk or telephone +44 03000685102.

III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Please contact Liz Amato for a pre-qualification criteria at liz.amato@decc.gsi.gov.uk or telephone +44 03000685102.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Please contact Liz Amato for a pre-qualification criteria at liz.amato@decc.gsi.gov.uk or telephone +44 03000685102.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Please contact Liz Amato for a pre-qualification criteria at liz.amato@decc.gsi.gov.uk or telephone +44 03000685102.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Please contact Liz Amato for a pre-qualification criteria at liz.amato@decc.gsi.gov.uk or telephone +44 03000685102.

III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 1: and maximum number 10
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Criteria for limiting the number of candidates to 10 is listed in the pre-qualification criteria.
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated below

Understanding the brief. Weighting 5

Cost. Weighting 4

Quality. Weighting 4

Technical capability. Weighting 4

Proven track record. Weighting 3

Experience of working with the microgeneration sector. Weighting 3

Awareness of consumer protection issues. Weighting 3

Innovation and creativity. Weighting 2

Ideas for the future. Weighting 2

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

TRN403/05/2012
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

27.6.2012 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

4.7.2012
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.
MCS is a certification scheme for domestic-scale low carbon electricity and heat generating technologies. It was introduced in 2006 to underpin a number of Government policies which subsidise or otherwise promote micro-generation; installers and suppliers of microgeneration must be a member of the scheme in order to be eligible for DECCs financial incentives, including the feed-in-tariff scheme, the renewable heat incentive (RHI) and renewable heat premium payments (RHPP).
MCS is a requirement of the DECC microgeneration Strategy, and has an important role in driving industry standards and protecting consumers. The MCS certification mark belongs to the Secretary of State but the scheme, which is Industry led and funded, is run by the “MCS Steering board”, made up of key stakeholders. MCS is currently administered by a consultancy company, Gemserv, which performs the secretariat functions for the MCS steering board. The MCS licence agreement currently gives permission and conditions for use of the MCS mark and standards, which are then sub-licensed to a growing number of MCS certification bodies.
There are currently over 7855 MCS certified products and over 4800 installation companies.
The Microgeneration certification Scheme covers the following technologies:
— Ground and air source heat pumps,
— Solar PV,
— Micro-CHP boilers,
— Micro-wind turbines,
— Solar thermal,
— Biomass boilers.
There are currently a large number of DECC policies which are reliant on the scheme’s success currently including:
— Permitted planning (for air source heat pumps and wind turbines).
http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/meeting_energy/microgen/planning/planning.aspx

— Feed-in-tariffs – to support the deployment of small scale (less than 5MW) low-carbon electricity. http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/meeting_energy/Renewable_ener/feedin_tariff/feedin_tariff.aspx,

— The renewable heat premium payment (RHPP) – to provide short term support for installations of renewable heat technologies in the household sector.
http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/meeting_energy/renewable_ener/premium_pay/premium_pay.aspx

— The renewable heat incentive (RHI)) – this will provide long-term financial support to renewable heat installations to encourage the uptake of technologies like solar-thermal or Micro CHP. (www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/meeting_energy/Renewable_ener/incentive/incentive.aspx).

The microgeneration certification scheme (MCS) licence expires on 31st October 2012. We need to appoint an administrator of both the scheme and the MCS installer database beyond this point and to link this work to the action in the microgeneration strategy for MCS to establish itself as a limited company.
Strengthening the Scheme and putting its governance on a firmer footing is a key part of the DECC Microgeneration Strategy published in 2011: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/meeting_energy/microgen/strategy/strategy.aspx.

It is recognised that MCS has an important role in driving industry standards and protecting consumers. The strategy committed to establish ‘MCS’ as a private company limited by guarantee, in order to streamline governance and provide better cover for liabilities GO Reference: GO-2012514-PRO-3923493.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Department of Energy and Climate Change
Area 1B, 3 Whitehall Place
SW1A 2AW London
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: liz.amato@decc.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 3000685102
Internet address: www.decc.gsi.gov.uk

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:14.5.2012