Power Purchase Agreements – Renewable Electricity – for Government Procurement Service

Power Purchase Agreements – Renewable Electricity – for Government Procurement Service

The Authority wishes to appoint either a single or multiple Potential Provider (s) who can supply renewable electricity to Government Procurement Service through a Power Purchase Agreement and Supplier Interface Agreement with the Authority’s registered licensed supplier.

UK-Liverpool: Electricity

2013/S 019-028222

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Government Procurement Service
9th Floor, The Capital Old, Hall Street
Contact point(s): Government Procurement Service
For the attention of: Scott Buckleton
L3 9PP Liverpool
Telephone: +44 3450103503
E-mail: supplier@gps.gsi.gov.ukeenablement@gps.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

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: Public Procurement
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Section II: Object of the contract

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

Power Purchase Agreements – Renewable Electricity.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Primarily in the UK with some limited requirements overseas.
NUTS code UK

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)

Government Procurement Service ( the Authority) is putting in place a Contract for Renewable Electricity.
The Authority wishes to appoint either a single or multiple Potential Provider (s) who can supply renewable electricity to Government Procurement Service through a Power Purchase Agreement and Supplier Interface Agreement with the Authority’s registered licensed supplier.
This OJEU refers to the EU Definition of Renewable Electricity ‘http://ec.europa.eu/environment/gpp/pdf/criteria/electricity.pdf taken on 24.8.2012

This tender is for the supply of for non-intermittent renewable electricity with a load factor on or above 80 % on average.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

09310000, 09000000, 65400000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

The basic requirement of the Power Purchase Agreement – Renewable Electricity is to supply GPS through its registered electricity supplier, with up to 50MW in aggregate of non-intermittent renewable electricity per annum.
This is in accordance with the relevant terms and conditions of the PPA and associated Procurement Documents, including any regulated industry requirements.
The Contract is for a period of up to 22 years with start of physical delivery [to commence at any time] from 1.4.2015 (inclusive) up until and no later than 31.3.2017 (inclusive).
The tender will allow different volume, and durations subject to the aggregate maximum of 50MW per annum
The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) will allow for supply of renewable electricity via a single or multiple Potential Providers under the following requirements:
– Volume
Between 5MW and 50MW of export capacity (net of any parasitic load), in increments of 1MW (whole number only). The total expected annual output cannot exceed 0,44TWh. Partial loads from a single operator will be accommodated as per the meter registration requirements set out in the PPA and Supplier Interface Agreements.
– Duration
Between 5 and up to 22 years, from the Commercial Operations Date (as defined in the PPA).
Must be operational on or before 31.3.2017 and will commence on the start of an Electricity Forward Agreement (EFA) Month (as defined in the PPA) or equivalent market based start date
End date will be at the end of an EFA Month or equivalent date.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 552 000 000 and 780 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

Parent company and/or other guarantees of performance or guarantees to cover financial liability may be [required by Government Procurement Service] [proposed by participants] if considered appropriate. Participants will be advised if this is necessary during the procurement.
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:

No special legal form is required but if a contract is awarded to a consortium, the Contracting Authority may require the consortium to form a legal entity before entering into the Contract.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
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: Candidates will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter V11, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to an Invitation to Tender (‘ITT’).
This procurement will be managed electronically via the Government Procurement Service’s e-Sourcing Suite. To participate in this procurement, participants must first be registered on the e-Sourcing Suite.
If you have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk by following the link ‘Register for GPS eSourcing’. Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so. Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at:


Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, a registered user can express an interest for a specific procurement. This is done by emailing ExpressionOfInterest@gps.gsi.gov.uk

Your email must clearly state: the name and reference for the procurement you wish to register for; the name of the registered supplier; and the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email. Government Procurement Service will process the email and then enable the supplier to access the procurement online via the e-Sourcing Suite. The registered user will receive a notification email to alert them once this has been done.
As a user of the e-Sourcing Suite you will have access to Emptoris email messaging service which facilitates all messages sent to you and from you in relation to any specific RFX event. Please note it is your responsibility to access these emails on a regular basis to ensure you have sight of all relevant information.
For technical assistance on use of the e-Sourcing Suite please contact Government Procurement Service Helpdesk : Freephone: +44 3450103503
email: supplier@gps.gsi.gov.uk

Responses must be published by the date in IV.3.4.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Candidates will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter V11, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to an ITT.
The ITT can be accessed at: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk using the instructions detailed in III.2.1

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: The Authority uses a credit reference agency (currently Experian) as the first step in determining financial risk. The Authority will request an Experian financial risk score based on the information provided in response to the Background Questions. The report provided by Experian will be used to determine the level of financial risk the Potential Provider represents. If the score provided by Experian is 51 or more (where a standard UK score is available), or the risk level is ‘average’ or better (where a standard International score is available) then the Potential Provider will be allocated a ‘pass’ and the Tender will proceed to Stage 3 of the Qualification Stage evaluation process. In all other cases the Authority may request further information and will use this to evaluate financial risk. Full details can be found in section 11.5 (“Stage 3 Section D”) of the ITT.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Candidates will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter V11, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to an ITT.
The ITT can be accessed at: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk using the instructions detailed in III.2.1

The Contracting Authority may have regard to any of the following means in its assessment:
(a) a list of the works carried out over the past five years, accompanied by certificates of satisfactory execution for the most important works. These certificates shall indicate the value, date and site of the works and shall specify whether they were carried out according to the rules of the trade and properly completed. Where appropriate, the competent authority shall submit these certificates to the contracting authority direct;
(b) a list of the principal deliveries effected or the main services provided in the past three years, with the sums, dates and recipients, whether public or private, involved. Evidence of delivery and services provided shall be given: – where the recipient was a contracting authority, in the form of certificates issued or countersigned by the competent authority, – where the recipient was a private purchaser, by the purchaser’s certification or, failing this, simply by a declaration by the economic operator;
(c) an indication of the technicians or technical bodies involved, whether or not belonging directly to the economic operator’s undertaking, especially those responsible for quality control and, in the case of public works contracts, those upon whom the contractor can call in order to carry out the work;
(d) a description of the technical facilities and measures used by the supplier or service provider for ensuring quality and the undertaking’s study and research facilities;
(e) where the products or services to be supplied are complex or, exceptionally, are required for a special purpose, a check carried out by the contracting authorities or on their behalf by a competent official body of the country in which the supplier or service provider is established, subject to that body’s agreement, on the production capacities of the supplier or the technical capacity of the service provider and, if necessary, on the means of study and research which are available to it and the quality control measures it will operate;
(f) the educational and professional qualifications of the service provider or contractor and/or those of the undertaking’s managerial staff and, in particular, those of the person or persons responsible for providing the services or managing the work;
(g) for public works contracts and public services contracts, and only in appropriate cases, an indication of the environmental management measures that the economic operator will be able to apply when performing the contract;
(h) a statement of the average annual manpower of the service provider or contractor and the number of managerial staff for the last 3 years;
(i) a statement of the tools, plant or technical equipment available to the service provider or contractor for carrying out the contract;
(j) an indication of the proportion of the contract which the services provider intends possibly to subcontract.

III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

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

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
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 in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
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:

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

of 5.10.2012

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

1.3.2013 – 16:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

in days: 120 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 1.3.2013 – 16:00

Electronically, via web-based portal

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published: July 2013
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

Potential suppliers should note that, in accordance with the UK Government’s policies on transparency, Government Procurement Service intends to publish the Tender of each awarded Supplier, the Invitation to Tender (ITT) document, and the text of any contract awarded, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of Government Procurement Service. Further information on transparency can be found at:

The Authority expressly reserves the right (i) not to award the contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and (ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition; and in no circumstances will the Authority be liable for any costs incurred by the candidates. If the Authority decides to enter into a Contract with the successful Supplier, this does not mean that there is any guarantee of subsequent contracts being awarded. Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of potential suppliers.
Full terms and conditions of Participation are accessible at https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/

Web Links to UK Public Sector Listings
For the avoidance of doubt, all other organisations listed in Schedule 1 to the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended) shall be entitled to access this contract.
Central Government Departments, Local Government and Public Corporations that can be accessed at the Public Sector Classification Guide

Local Authorities





National Parks Authorities

Educational Establishments in England and Wales, maintained by the Department
for Children, Schools and Families including Schools, Universities and Colleges but
not Independent Schools

Police Forces in the United Kingdom

Fire and Rescue Services in the United Kingdom


NHS Bodies England








Hospices in the UK

Registered Social Landlords (Housing Associations)
Third Sector and Charities in the United Kingdom



Citizens Advice in the United Kingdom



Scottish Public Bodies
Scottish Government

Scottish Parliament

Scottish Local Authorities


Scottish Agencies, NDPBs

Scottish NHS Bodies

Scottish Further and Higher Education Bodies


Scottish Police

Scottish Housing Associations

The Scotland Office

Registered Social Landlords (Housing Associations) – Scotland

Scottish Schools but not Independent Schools
Primary Schools

Secondary Schools

Special Schools

Welsh Public Bodies
National Assembly for Wales, Welsh Assembly Government and Welsh Local


NHS Wales


Housing Associations – registered Social Landlords Wales

NI Public Bodies
Northern Ireland Government Departments

Northern Ireland Public Sector Bodies and Local Authorities

Schools in Northern Ireland but not Independent Schools

Universities in Northern Ireland

Health and Social care in Northern Ireland




Northern Ireland Housing Associations

Police Service of Northern Ireland

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

Government Procurement Service
9th Floor The Capital Old Hall Street
L3 9PP Liverpool
E-mail: supplier@gps.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 3450103503
Internet address: http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Centre for Effective Dispute Resolutions
International Dispute Resolution Centre, 70 Fleet Street
EC4Y 1EU London
E-mail: info@cedr.com
Telephone: +44 2075366000
Internet address: http://www.cedr.com
Fax: +44 2075366001

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. Applicants who are unsuccessful shall be informed by the Authority as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why the Applicant was unsuccessful. If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not been successfully resolved, The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No. 5) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take legal action. Any such action must be brought within the applicable limitation period. Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the Court may, depending on the circumstances, award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order the Authority to pay a fine, and/or order that the duration of the contract be shortened. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow the parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Government Procurement Service
9th Floor, The Capital, Old Hall Street
L3 9PP Liverpool
E-mail: Supplier@gps.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 3450103503
Internet address: http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: