Smart Cornwall 2015 – 2020 Strategic Delivery Plan Development

Smart Cornwall 2015 – 2020 Strategic Delivery Plan Development

Cornwall Council, on behalf of the Smart Cornwall Programme, are looking to engage with a variety of knowledgable and suitably experienced industry experts, within the field of ‘Smart Energy’, to work collaboratively to help design a strategic programme of work to deliver our 2020 vision. Details for expressing an interest in the design stage below.

UK-Truro: Electricity, heating, solar and nuclear energy

2013/S 107-183162

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Cornwall Council
New County Hall, Treyew Road
For the attention of: Jonathan Adey
TR1 3AY Truro

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity

General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

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

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

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

Smart Cornwall 2015 – 2020 Strategic Delivery Plan Development
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 27: Other services
NUTS code UKK3

II.3)Information on framework agreement

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: yes
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:

Cornwall Council, on behalf of the Smart Cornwall Programme, are looking to engage with a variety of knowledgable and suitably experienced industry experts, within the field of ‘Smart Energy’, to work collaboratively to help design a strategic programme of work to deliver our 2020 vision, to:
“develop the UK’s first fully integrated smart energy network, providing new high value jobs, creating wealth and opportunities for future generations and leading the way into a prosperous, resource efficient future.”
This Prior Information Notice has been produced to gauge interest from appropriate sectors of industry in participating in the design of the 2015 – 2020 programme of work.
Instigating this process and attracting the right calibre of participating organisations should help to assist the Smart Cornwall Steering Group in developing the design process with much greater clarity and purpose going forward, with the aim of confirming membership of, what is to be termed, the Technical Design Authority (TDA). This latter task is intended to have been completed during August 2013.
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:

This PIN has been produced to assist in being able to accurately gauge the feasibility of setting up a Technical Design Authority. On this basis it is merely an indication to the marketplace of the future development plans of the Smart Cornwall Programme and as such responding to this PIN will not necessarily commit any organisation to being involved in the process going forward nor necessarily commit the Smart Cornwall Programme to be required to work with all or any respondents.
It is envisaged that ultimately the TDA will be instrumental in shaping the deliverables required to be undertaken by the Smart Cornwall programme between 2015 and 2020.
Furthermore, it is anticipated that over the next year or so a framework agreement is likely to be put into place, once funding to enable delivery has been established, and providers would be admitted to that framework or constituent lots, as appropriate, under a future OJEU related competitive procurement exercise, which will seek to determine the companies best placed to deliver what imay be required at the time.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:

The Smart Cornwall Programme is uniquely placed in the UK to lead the way in this field as a result of a combination of four unique factors:
— Some of the best renewable energy resources in the UK.
— Favourable commercial and policy environment for supporting innovation.
— Funding that permits substantial investment in Smart Grid innovation.
— Engaged communities.
A large proportion of Smart Grid pilot projects across the globe are focused on technology trials in isolated parts of ‘the Smart Grid’. The above four factors provide Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with the unique opportunity to take a strategic approach to the development of a functioning Smart Grid marketplace, building in the social and economic opportunities from the outset.
To date we have already made excellent progress on our way to delivering our 2020 vision. Progress includes:
— A strong local commitment from Cornwall Council, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership and other local and national stakeholders, facilitated through the Smart Cornwall Steering Group
— A number of significant pilot projects being developed, including a GBP 30 m Low Carbon Network Fund (LCNF) proposal in the town of Wadebridge.
— The commissioning of a ‘Smart Cornwall Routemap’ which will set out the key outcomes of the programme.
— The ongoing development of international partnerships and new website being developed to ensure the effective sharing of learning.
— The Smart Cornwall Business Development Team to support local, national and international business to participate in the Smart Cornwall Programme.
The Smart Cornwall Programme will be a vehicle to unblock the many barriers which are currently hindering the growth of this market. This is because our strategic, partnership led approach will allow us to not only tackle the technical challenges of moving to a Smart Grid but also the social, economic, policy and regulatory challenges to name a few.
2015 – 2020 strategic delivery plan:
The next major phase of work will be to develop the 2015 – 2020 strategic delivery plan. As outlined above we believe the key to the success of the Smart Cornwall programme will be through taking a strategic approach. It is also important that during this design period we not only consider ‘what’ we want to do but also ‘how’ we deliver our ambitions.
Pivotal to this will be our next round of funding from Europe where Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will receive high level ring fenced funds in excess of GBP 400 m from Europe. Any Smart Cornwall projects will have to compete with other projects in the region. On this basis, ensuring there is a sound strategic businesses case for European Union (EU) investment will be critical.
There are of course other EU funds such as Horizon 2020 as well as UK funds such as the LCNF and Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to name just a few. A strategic approach will allow us to bring together these opportunities to develop a simplified platform for collaboration and funding between local, national and global industry partners with other key stakeholders. In doing so, we will provide the right mechanisms to unlock innovation, and drive forwards the growth of this sector.
On this basis the Smart Cornwall programme is looking to recruit a group of industry experts to participate as a part of a Technical Design Authority (TDA). The TDA is likely to comprise a mix of local, national and international organisations, who are intended to work in an open, honest and cooperative and collaborative way, sharing good practice and innovative ideas and by doing so will play a key role in framing the delivery mechanism for future Smart Cornwall programme delivery (2015 – 2020 strategic delivery plan).
Whilst the precise structure of the TDA and process of programme design is yet to be agreed, it is expected that this process will begin in September or October 2013 and will take 4 to 6 months. This timeframe is a reflection of the complexities which will need to be addressed as part of undertaking this work, and ultimately pulling it all together.
In terms of industry participation, it is proposed that the work will commence with a two day workshop, during which work packages will be agreed and signed up to. ouncil will also use this event to officially launch the Smart Cornwall Programme. The time commitment required for each work package will be kept to a minimum but will vary, as will the process for undertaking the work (although it is expected the majority of the work will be undertaken through workshops).
Next Steps:
This Prior Information Notice has been produced to gauge interest from the industry in participating in the design of the 2015 – 2020 programme of work.
Using this information the Smart Cornwall Steering Group will develop the design process further with the aim of confirming membership of the TDA during August.
If you feel your organisation would be willing and able to support Cornwall Council during this key design process, please contact Dr. Jonathan Adey, Smart Cornwall Programme Manager, as per his email address below ONLY, to request a copy of the formal expression of interest form and then ensure it is completed and sent back to Jonathan, by e-mail, by the desired return date and time of 12:00 GMT on Tuesday 2.7.2013.

This opportunity is also being advertised via the Tenders in Cornwall website portal for the same duration.

VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework

VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:4.6.2013