Friday, 22 March 2013

Procurement Puzzles

One of the (many) complexities in the whole ECO landscape is how different organisations are procuring ECO.  I know of a few RPs where the Energy Companies have been brought in through a relationship with the R&M contractor which obviates the need for a procurement process.  Another popular route seems to be the frameworks like Re:New.  Of course, it’s the usual players on the frameworks.  Finally there’s going the OJEU way – but with the time scale of ECO who wants to spend months tied up in competitive dialogue?  For all this, what we are seeing most of is procurement being done through good, old fashioned contacts and customer management without a formal procurement process.  It’s worth remembering that in effect the energy companies are giving away cash.  As one industry insider said to us last week “Why would I pay (through a tender) to give you money?”  So, too early yet to tell what the preferred way of getting hold of ECO funds is.  As always, we’d love to hear your opinions, thoughts and ideas.

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