Optimised energy performance for public and private sector customers
An Energy Performance Contract (EPC) is a partnership based approach designed to assist public, private and third sector organisations in upgrading the energy and water assets of their buildings, minimising carbon emissions and significantly reducing operating costs. The contract guarantees the amount of energy savings forecasted at the outset, the value of which typically means that the resulting cost savings will be enough to fully cover the outlay without an upfront capital investment by the customer.
The energy and water conservation measures are tailored to suit the specific needs of individual customers and include a host of low and zero carbon technologies such as efficient heating, ventilation and air condition equipment, LED lighting, combined heat and power (CHP), renewable generation, building energy management systems, smart metering, and water saving technologies.
The EPC functions as an end-to-end product; from an initial assessment report and building audit, to full project management including design, installation and commissioning, to ongoing local maintenance and measurement and verification support provided via a long-term energy performance partnership, typically contracted for 5 to 15 years or longer.
SSE Enterprise is one of a select group of energy service companies to be fully accredited by the two public EPC procurement frameworks, RE:FIT and the Scottish Non-Domestic Energy Efficiency framework. Suppliers on the framework are chosen for their excellence in providing energy efficiency and generation measures. Since its inception, the RE:FIT framework alone has engaged over 250 organisations to procure £165 million of works across more than 700 buildings, with a growing pipeline of over £65 million and typical annual savings of between 15 - 30% for individual customers.
SSE Enterprise employs a dedicated Energy Performance team and over 2,000 engineers and technicians with a track record of delivering energy solution partnerships across the public and private sector. Customers include Glasgow City Council, Scottish Courts and the London Aquatics Centre. SSE Enterprise also operates Slough Heat and Power, which supplies essential energy services and on-site generation to the Slough Industrial Estate, one of Europe’s largest mixed-use business parks.
As a responsible energy provider, SSE is the only FSTE 100 Company to be endorsed with the Fair Tax Mark and was the first Living Wage accredited energy company in the UK, a commitment which SSE has extended to its £2bn a year supply chain.
SSE Enterprise has also partnered with Waterwise, the leading authority on water efficiency in the UK and Europe, recognising increasing customer interest in sustainable water supply. Customers of SSE Enterprise can therefore be reassured that they are working with a company that is industry-leading in terms of responsible business practice.
James Constable, Head of Energy Performance Contracts for SSE Enterprise, said:
“SSE Enterprise is truly at the helm of innovative energy performance having recently delivered low-carbon multi-utility solutions for the London Riverlight development, Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire and the UK’s first Eco-Town in Bicester – all showcasing our strong capabilities in the latest energy saving technologies.
“Through our experience of successful energy solution partnerships with existing customers, we have a practised understanding of public and private sector needs and expectations when it comes to developing sustainable energy strategies and delivering secure financial savings for the future. Whether you are a local authority, university, NHS trust or leisure centre, an EPC partnership with SSE Enterprise differs from other providers in that we’re the only major energy company to offer a joined up proposition which benefits from the expertise of the other SSE Enterprise business units.
“In addition to a full and diverse range of energy services, we have the advantage of in-house engineering excellence which enables us to maximise greater value and opportunities for our customers.
“As a trusted EPC partner, SSE Enterprise is committed to ensuring it provides the highest standards of service by creating the conditions for customers to realise meaningful and sustained energy savings and minimise carbon footprint, whilst ensuring strategic long-term sustainability.”
To find out more about how you can guarantee future energy savings for your site, visit our EPC page.