Evaluation of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme Phase Two

Evaluation of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme Phase Two

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) would like to commission an evaluation of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme, Phase Two (RHPP2), and a summary across both phases (an interim process evaluation of Phase One.

Reference number: 564/01/2013

Deadline date:18/02/2013

This deadline is for… Midday

Contract value:£0 – £190,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: London

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? Yes

Name of the buying organisation: Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)


Description of the contract

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) would like to commission an evaluation of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme, Phase Two (RHPP2), and a summary across both phases (an interim process evaluation of Phase One and analysis of customer questionnaires are currently being undertaken by contractors; the raw data and final reports from this will be made available to the successful contractor when available). The evaluation will provide an independent assessment of scheme delivery (across the three mechanisms that are being used to reach people); the extent to which it met its objectives; and the lessons that can be learnt from the scheme to inform further development of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), and the longer term implementation of DECC’s heat strategy. The RHPP2 scheme is a short-term learning scheme that runs from April 2012 to March 2013 and comprises three elements: 1. one-off grants to householders to help with the cost of installing renewable heating technologies; 2. competitions for social landlords to bid for funds to install renewable heat technologies into social housing; and 3. a scheme to install renewable heating technologies in private homes through community action. The scheme is funded by Department of Energy and Climate Change and is delivered by the Energy Saving Trust (EST). For both Phases 1 and 2, the RHPP scheme is available to those living in Great Britain. For the householder element of the scheme, any householder can apply for solar thermal, but only people in off-gas areas can apply for heat pumps and biomass boilers. The off-gas criterion do not apply for the social landlord and communities elements of the scheme, although will have resulted in higher score rating when considering applications for funding. It is envisaged this evaluation will comprise a mix of: ? analysis of secondary data; ? quantitative and qualitative data collection with private households, social landlords, social housing tenants, community project managers and households in the communities scheme; ? qualitative research with installers and stakeholders; ? qualitative research with a sample of non participants of the scheme (for example, those who applied for the scheme but did not proceed with installing new technologies); and ? a synthesis of RHPP1 and RHPP2 that adds value to what has been covered in the RHPP1 interim evaluation (available from March 2013).


Classification of the contract

73000000 Research and development services and related consultancy services


Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 04/03/2013 – 31/08/2014


Who to contact

Contact name Aikta-Reena Solanki

Organisation name Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

Address , 3, Whitehall Place, London, United Kingdom, SW1A 2AW

Telephone 0300 068 6747

Extension number:


Web address www.decc.gov.uk


How to apply

Contractors are required to submit tenders not exceeding 30 pages. Contractors are required to submit 4 hard copies and 1 electronic copy of their tender to: Aikta-Reena Solanki Heat and Industry Department of Energy and Climate Change 3 Whitehall Place London SW1A 2AW aiktareena.solanki@decc.gsi.gov.uk Tender submissions must be received by DECC not later than Monday 18 February 2013 at 12:00. Please ensure the outside of any packaging is clearly marked “RHPP2 evaluation proposal” DECC reserves the right to invite the top 3 highest scoring Contractors to give an interview/presentation before a final decision is made. Interviews will take place in week commencing 25 February. Contractors must note that DECC reserves the right to withdraw this contract opportunity without notice and will not be liable for any costs incurred by contractors during any stage of the process. Contractors should also note that, in the event a tender is considered to be fundamentally unacceptable on a key issue, regardless of its other merits, that tender may be rejected. Tenders submitted after the stipulated time and date advised will be rejected. If you require further information concerning the tender process, or the nature of the proposed contract, please in the first instance email: aiktareena.solanki@decc.gsi.gov.uk. All questions should be submitted by 4 February at 12:00; questions submitted after this date may not be answered. Should questions arise during the tendering period, which in our judgement are of material significance, we will inform all contractors of the question and our formal reply by the close of 11 February. All contractors should then take that reply into consideration when preparing their own bids, and we will evaluate bids on the assumption that they have done so.