Issue details

Award of Utility Contracts (Gas, Electricity, HH and NHH) to either suppliers under the ESPO or CCS Frameworks – KEY/16MAR20/01

With the approval of the Chairman of Growth, Environment and Resources Scrutiny Committee, special urgency procedures have been invoked to suspend the requirement to publish for a five day consideration period, and the waiver of call-in procedure has been invoked to suspend the option to call the decision in. These procedures have been invoked due to the need to notify the supplier of the Council’s intention to move to a green electricity tariff on the 1 October 2020, by 31 August 2020 (as requested by the new supplier (TG&P)). If the Council were to miss this deadline, it would remain on a brown electricity tariff, and would fail to achieve the targets previously committed to.

 

The Cabinet Member approved the new contractual arrangements for the Council’s supply of electricity and gas under the ESPO framework. This includes switching to a ‘green’ electricity tariff which is one of the Council’s declared 'top 20' actions for 2020/21.

 

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure or savings greater than £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 14/02/2020

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
With the approval of the Chairman of Growth, Environment and Resources Scrutiny Committee, special urgency procedures have been invoked to suspend the requirement to publish for a five day consideration period, and the waiver of call-in procedure has been invoked to suspend the option to call the decision in. These procedures have been invoked due to the need to notify the supplier of the Council’s intention to move to a green electricity tariff on the 1 October 2020, by 31 August 2020 (as requested by the new supplier (TG&P)). If the Council were to miss this deadline, it would remain on a brown electricity tariff, and would fail to achieve the targets previously committed to.

The reason for the urgency now (in respect of meeting the 31 August 2020 deadline) is due to delays in receiving final contract information, and seeking clarity on points of detail following the unexpected passing of a colleague who was previously overseeing this procurement exercise.

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - View reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
The attached appendix is NOT FOR PUBLICATION in accordance with paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of Part 1 of the Local Government Act 1972 in that it contains commercially sensitive information relating to the contracts and information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information). The public interest test has been applied to the information contained within the exempt annex and it is considered that the need to retain the information as exempt outweighs the public interest in disclosing it as to do so

Decision due: September 2020 by Cabinet Member for Finance

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Finance

Lead director: Executive Director Place and Economy

Department: Place and Economy

Contact: Chris Yates, Financial Manager (Business Operations) Tel: 01733 384552, Email:  chris.yates@peterborough.gov.uk  chris.yates@peterborough.gov.uk.

Consultation process

Relevant internal and external stakeholders.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee: Growth, Environment and Resources Scrutiny Committee

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