Stoke-on-Trent: Decentralised Energy Purchasing Organisation
StokeDEPO has been established to allow public bodies in the UK to procure the services, goods and works they need to develop, construct, manage and maintain all types of decentralised energy networks. This applies to all projects which generate and produce energy and/or heat which is off-grid. It can include district heating and cooling, energy from waste, geothermal projects, biomass and solar energy. And more besides.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council, in partnership with the Swedish Heat Networks initiative, can now provide access to a series of OJEU compliant procurement frameworks, accessible by a range of public sector contracting authorities across the UK. These provide fast and efficient access to the services and supplies required to implement a project, by using pre-agreed terms and conditions but still allowing local requirements to be specified. Overall this will minimise the cost of extensive procurement exercises and reduce implementation timescales, enabling resources to be targeted at the project itself rather than the supporting processes. The frameworks are accessible through the Stoke Decentralised Energy Purchasing Organisation (Stoke DEPO) – a not for profit company fully owned and run by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.