Infrastructure and healthcare planning consultancy, Essentia Trading, has launched two new frameworks it says are ‘designed to enable and encourage NHS Trusts and other public sector bodies to make savings on their energy bills, as well as drive efficiencies’.
The first, a Battery Storage Framework Agreement, ‘provides a model for public sector bodies wishing to implement battery storage solutions within the perimeter of their electrical network’.
Essentia said: “The single lot Framework Agreement will have several suppliers on it who will implement computer-controlled battery storage solutions, enabling organisations to reduce Triad charges, DUoS charges, and Capacity Market Charges, and utilise grid incentives such as Firm Frequency Response.”
The second Framework – an LED Lighting Framework Agreement, will be open to public sector bodies (including those involved in consortium arrangements). The single lot Agreement will feature several suppliers who will implement LED lighting solutions, ‘enabling organisations to reduce energy consumption, carbon emissions, and ongoing maintenance costs, and improve lighting services’.
Daphne De Leener, Sustainability consultant at Essentia, explained: “These new standalone frameworks were created to respond to the increase in public sector demand for efficiency. Lord Carter’s 2015 review of ‘productivity’ in NHS hospitals estimated that Trusts, for example, could save as much as £125 million collectively by investing in schemes such as LED lighting, combined heat and power, and smart energy management systems.”