Smart Metering System for Electricity on Traveller Sites
The current method of supplying electricity to Traveller sites managed by the Council is by pre-payment card meters whereby the residents purchase cards that are credited with £5 worth of electricity. Residents then slot these cards into the meters and the meter reads the card and credits the resident with the electricity.
UK-Maidstone: electricity distribution and related services
Section I: Contracting authority
Kent County Council
Chief Executive’s Department, Sessions House, County Hall, County Road
For the attention of: Mr Matthew Raven
ME14 1XQ Maidstone
Telephone: +44 1622696453
General address of the contracting authority: www.businessportal.southeastiep.gov.uk
Further information can be obtained from: www.businessportal.southeastiep.gov.uk
Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: www.businessportal.southeastiep.gov.uk
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: www.businessportal.southeastiep.gov.uk
Section II: Object of the contract
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Kent.
NUTS code UKJ42
— Aylesham Caravan Park, Dover. CT15 4LS 14 Pitches,
— Barnfield Park, New Ash Green. TN15 7LY 35 Pitches,
— Greenbridge Caravan Park. CT1 1LZ 18 Pitches,
— Heartenoak, Hawkhurst. TN18 5EU 3 Pitches,
— Polhill Caravan Park, Dunton Green. TN14 7BG 7 Pitches,
— Three Lakes Caravan Park, Sittingbourne. ME10 3NL 14 Pitches,
— Windmill Lane, West Malling. ME19 6PQ 14 Pitches.
The current method of supplying electricity to Traveller sites managed by the Council is by pre-payment card meters whereby the residents purchase cards that are credited with £5 worth of electricity. Residents then slot these cards into the meters and the meter reads the card and credits the resident with the electricity. Gypsy Site and Liaison Managers attend sites on a weekly basis to ensure that the residents – and usually one specific resident, to sell to the others – have enough pre-payment cards to purchase electricity. There are also a couple of local shops in the vicinity of most sites that hold an agreed amount of cards for the residents to purchase. The times at which residents can purchase electricity are therefore limited to when the site manager is on site and to when the local shops are open.
The Council currently has responsibility for equipment replacement and service costs. Due to the potential threat of unauthorised tampering and alleged illegal extraction of electricity these costs are significant and increasing. There are obvious health and safety issues relating to this and with site managers collecting and carrying around the cash that is collected from residents for the electricity pre-payment cards.
The Council is seeking to procure a solution to change the current method of supplying electricity to Kent traveller sites to a prepayment, smart metering system that will allow:
— 24/7 crediting of electricity,
— empowering of residents and encouragement of independence,
— improved health and safety for both staff and residents,
— reduced impact of alleged illegal extraction of electricity by some site residents,
— residents to be brought in line with social housing procedures,
— reduced cash handling by site managers; and,
— removal of the current liability on KCC for equipment replacement, servicing and associated costs.
The Council’s intention is to procure a contract for the rental of a prepayment smart metering system for a period of 5 years. The smart meters rented must be of the type that do not require the residents to access the meter, but ideally would come with a pre payment credit facility that can be ‘topped up’ at ‘Pay Point’ type facilities.
Expressions of Interest must be made via the South East Business Portal (www.businessportal.southeastiep.gov.uk) the Council’s e-Tendering system and tender responses uploaded by no later than 12 noon on Tuesday 11th December 2012.
The Invitation to Tender documents will be available immediately to those organisations expressing an interest via this portal.
65300000, 31200000, 31680000, 31700000, 09310000, 32500000, 30230000
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
(a) is bankrupt or is being wound up, where his affairs are being administered by the court, where he has entered into an arrangement with creditors, where he has suspended business activities or is in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure under national laws and regulations;
(b) is the subject of proceedings for a declaration of bankruptcy, for an order compulsory winding up the administration by the court or of an arrangement with creditors or of any other similar proceedings under national laws and regulations;
(c) has been convicted by a judgment which has the force of res judicata in accordance with the legal provisions of the country of any offence concerning his professional conduct;
(d) has been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means which the contract authorities can demonstrate;
(e) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the contracting authority;
(f) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the contracting authority;
(g) is guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying the information required under this Section or has not supplied such information;
(h) has been the subject of a conviction for participation in a criminal organization, as defined in Article 2(1) of Council Joint Action 98/733/JHA;
(i) has been the subject of a conviction for corruption, as defined in Article 3 of the Council Act of 26.5.1972 and Article 3(1) of Council Joint Action 98/742/JHA3 respectively;
(j)has been the subject of a conviction for fraud within the meaning of Article 1 of the Convention relating to the protection of the financial interests of the European Communities;
(k) has been the subject of a conviction for money laundering, as defined in Article 1 of Council Directive 91/308/EEC of 10.6.1991 on prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering.
(c) a statement of the undertaking’s overall turnover and, where appropriate, of turnover in the area covered by the contract for a maximum of the last three financial years available, depending on the date on which the undertaking was set up or the economic operator started trading, as far as the information of these turnovers is available.
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met:
As described in the Invitation to Tender documentation.
As described in the Invitation to Tender documentation.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:31.10.2012