Cambridgeshire Low Carbon Development Unit (CLCDU) is the Program Delivery Unit for the Cambridgeshire MLEI program. It acts as marketer, facilitator, financial advisor, financier and assessor for the project.
Skills are drawn from across the Cambridgeshire County Council. Its key tasks are the following:
- Programme development
- Project management
- Business development
- Legal advice
- Finance modelling
- Contract development
- Value for Money (VFM) assessment
- Data collection
Procurement of an ESCO delivery partner for schools and public buildings was secured through the Greater London Authority’s RE:FIT 2 Framework. This framework was developed initially in London from 2011 to 2014 and made available nationally to other authorities. Access agreements have been signed with the GLA (Greater London Authority) in 2014.
The successful ESCO was appointed as a delivery partner on 1st August 2014. Their role is to visit sites and analyse data. Based on this, a series of proposals are made available to the asset owners decide whether or not they wish to proceed to a first stage contract to develop an Investment Grade Proposal..
An investment grade proposal includes a very detailed site based assessment is of energy efficiency improvements with a distinct focus on financial concerns and return on investment. Based on the outcome, asset owners/managers can then decide to proceed to a delivery contract, contract 2. After the completion of the works, an ongoing process of measurement and verification continues over the period of the contract as the delivery partner is guaranteeing the savings.
A support contract for the REFIT 2 Framework was signed with Local Partnerships to advise on the mini-competition and the development of the tender specification. In addition, Local Partnerships provide a quality assurance process and review a selection of project business cases to benchmark quality, price and savings.
To date, over seventy outline business cases have been delivered to asset owners/managers.
A first school (Milton (CofE) Primary School) signed up for an EPC pilot, including work on finance arrangements and finance models.
The CLCDU offers the following services to schools:
- Access to an EPC supplier (ESCO), procured by the Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC)
- Technical assessment of their energy needs and potential income opportunities
- A list of measures that can be installed to make savings and generate income
- A managed service or loan from CCC to invest upfront into the energy measures
- A 10 year contract that guarantees savings, the supplier pays the difference in case of under performance
- Technical expertise to manage and monitor the equipment to optimise its use and energy savings
- 10 year contract that maintains and replaces the equipment
- Support from relationship manager, to help solve any problems
For so-called Academy schools an off-balance solution was designed, called a Managed Service Agreement (MSA), and these are currently being delivered for five secondary academy schools..
The MLEI Cambridgeshire project has delivered €18.05 million worth of low carbon energy projects by the end of August 2015.
There are currently two types of investment projects:
- Building retrofits of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy to public sector sites: schools, offices, libraries, leisure centres and other buildings
- Larger scale renewables projects including a 12MW Solar photovoltaic farm to be built on County Council-owned land.
Shire Hall SH1315
Cambridge, CB3 0AP
Contact : Sheryl French, MLEI Project Director
- Jane Frank, Save money and improve your school, a proposal for Cambridgeshire Schools and Colleges, 03 March 2013
- MLEI Communications Strategy
- IEE, Mobilising Local Energy Investments in Cambridgeshire UK - Low Carbon Hub
- MLEI Briefing: the project in a nutshell
- Sheryl French, Ron D’Souza & Cherie Gregoire, Mobilising Local Energy Investment, Energy Performance Contracting for school’s and public building’s, 23 February 2015
- Sheryl French, Cambridgeshire MLEI, Brussels Contractor Workshop, 28-29 April 2015