ADD2136 Electricity Market and Regulation: Consultancy Support

Type of decision: 
Assistant Director's decision
Code: 
ADD2136
Date signed: 
17 July 2017
Decision by: 
Patrick Feehily, Assistant Director, Environment

Executive summary

The Environment Smart Energy team requires specialist energy markets and regulation advice in regard to its existing projects and activities for financial year 2017-18. The specific areas relate to commercial support for the Licence Lite project, the regulatory aspects of “Investment Ahead of Need” in connection with electricity infrastructure and guidance in responding to relevant government consultations.

This request seeks approval to spend up to £25,000 from the GLA Environment 2017-18 budget for Licence Lite for the consultancy support.

Exemption is also sought, in accordance with the GLA Contracts and Funding Code, to procure the services of Robert Tudway due to the highly specialist nature of the services, his experience of working for the GLA on these matters and associated cost-benefits of this appointment. The final appointment will be the subject of a IR35 High Level Vetting Form for Services Contracted.

Decision

That the Assistant Director of Environment approves:

1. allocation and expenditure of £25,000 on specialist energy market and regulation advice and project support services from Robert Tudway; and

2. a related exemption from the requirement of the GLA’s Contracts and Funding Code that such services be procured competitively. 

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

The Licence Lite project is designed to support the development of decentralised energy in London and when operational the Licence Lite project would fall within the Energy for Londoners project, the establishment of which was approved by Mayor under cover of MD1542. The GLA’s application to Ofgem for a Licence Lite licence was approved and varied subsequently by the Executive Director - Development, Enterprise & Environment under cover of DD897 and DD1416, on the basis that an MD is obtained before any commitment to supply electricity is made.

Licence Lite addresses a market failure preventing decentralised energy generators adequate access to the electricity supply market. Licence Lite will allow local generators to sell their electricity at better prices increasing their income and as a result, improve investment opportunities in decentralised energy schemes.

The expected outcomes from the Licence Lite project are:
 • to fulfil the Mayor’s manifesto pledge to ‘buy clean energy generated across the city, using it to power GLA and TfL facilities’; and
 • increase the certainty and accelerate delivery of the Mayor’s Climate Change and Energy Strategy regarding:
  o stimulating and developing affordably-priced markets for locally generated electricity;
  o the contribution decentralised energy can make to reducing CO2 emissions, particularly     solar generated electricity; and
  o the increased uptake of more investment in decentralised energy systems incorporating heat   networks in London, bringing forward in excess of an estimated £300 million of additional   investment, with the accompanying short term construction jobs and permanent jobs in operating the   energy centres and networks; and thereafter larger amounts of investment and numbers of jobs as the   potential for decentralised energy in London is realised.

The GLA is in the best position to rectify the market failure. The GLA has the knowledge and expertise to implement the Licence Lite route to market and although there is strong interest in Licence Lite amongst the smaller generators, they have been held back from taking a lead both because of the complexity involved and apparent unwillingness to risk time and money on a new venture that will benefit their competitors as much as themselves. Once the first Licence Lite operation is established, Licence Lite applications can be made by others on a relatively standardised basis, using the same basic documentation and implementation procedures.

Objectives and expected outcomes

Services Required 

The Environment Smart Energy team requires specialist energy markets and regulatory advice to continue its work on specific projects and associated activities for financial year 2017-18. The specific areas relate to commercial support for the Licence Lite project, the regulatory aspects of “Investment Ahead of Need” regarding electricity infrastructure, and guidance in responding to relevant government consultations.

The Economic Business Policy Unit (EBPU) team is leading the “Investment Ahead of Need” initiative, and the costs of the support work shall not exceed £5000 and will be recharged to the EBPU budget in accordance with the work carried out.

In summary, the services required to help finalise the agreements for the Licence Lite project include:

• generator power purchase agreements;
• power supply agreement with TfL;
• Third-Party Licence Supplier services; and
• granting of the junior electricity supply licence from OGEM.

The consultant will also:

• assist Peter North. Senior Manager, Programme Delivery – Sustainable Energy, to prepare the MD seeking the Mayor’s authorisation to enter the necessary agreements and arrangements and to become operational in August 2017 with the first electricity be traded in October 2017; and
• be available for ad hoc advice on energy regulatory and market matters and consultations.

Exemption

Given the value of the proposed contract, GLA officers acknowledge that section 9 of the GLA’s Contracts and Funding Code (“Code”) requires that contracts with values between £10,000 and £150,000 are procured competitively or called off from a framework. However, section 10 of the Code provides that exemptions from that requirement maybe approved where: a supplier has had previous involvement in a specific current project; or to do so involves the continuation of existing work that cannot be separated from the new project/work. 

Robert Tudway was a Sustainable Energy Strategy Officer for five years as an employee of the GLA and retired in March 2017. Prior to that, he fulfilled the same role as an employee of the London Development Agency for four years and seven months. Formerly, Tudway was a partner with the law firm Nabarro leading their climate change energy practice. His work involved a combination of specialist knowledge of the regulatory and market structures for the electricity sector and as a projects lawyer.

During his ten-year association with the GLA, he acquired extensive know-how and experience of dealing with energy and infrastructure issues in the context of the GLA and the Government. He led the development of the Licence Lite project having prepared the suite of commercial agreements in conjunction with the external consultancy support. He managed the licence application to Ofgem.

Tudway was instrumental in formulating the delivery options for the “Investment Ahead of Need” electricity infrastructure project that came from the Mayoral initiative addressing developers’ concerns that the cost and timing of new electricity infrastructure was holding-up development in London.

Costs

Tudway will provide services on a consultancy call-off basis until the end of financial year 2017/18 to a maximum value of £25,000.

The proposal is based on a charge rate £53 per hour for 472 hours over one year. This is equivalent to
approximately 64 days per year or 1.5 days per week given a 40-week working year and is inclusive of travel
within London.

The costs are the equivalent of his former GLA Grade 10 position and is therefore considered to provide value for money.

Equality comments

The appointment of an individual for consultancy advice has no direct equality issues. Their help in successfully delivering the project would contribute towards affordable sustainable energy outcomes benefiting the fuel poor.

Other considerations
  1. Tudway’s appointment will be the subject of IR35 High Level Vetting to ensure employment law issues do not apply. In this regard, he will not manage GLA officers and will be managed by the GLA by reference to his contract, the call-off specifications and associated contract milestones and deliverables. 
  2. Key risks and issues are set out below:

 

Risk description (cause, 'risk event', potential impacts)

Probability (1-5)

Impact   
(1-5)

RAG

Mitigation/Risk response (state if the response is done or pending)

GLA Owner

2

Consultant fails to perform

1

4

G

Previous performance very good – risk unlikely to materialise. The consultant will be required to agree GLA terms to afford GLA sufficient protection against lack of performance.

 

PKN

 

         3. The links to Mayoral strategies and priorities

The Licence Lite project has been designed to support the development of decentralised energy in London by allowing local generators to sell their electricity at better market prices. The project delivers the Mayoral manifesto commitment to ‘buy clean energy generated across the city, using it to power GLA and TfL facilities’.  The project will contribute towards the Mayor’s commitment for London to be a zero-carbon city by 2050 forms part of the new London Environment Strategy proposal to Help implement large scale decentralised and low carbon energy projects, including stimulating demand from the GLA group.

“Investment Ahead of Need” supports the Mayor’s economic development strategy in that it removes the barrier a lack of infrastructure could create that would hold-back the progress of new development and investment in London.

Financial comments

Assistant Director’s approval is being sought for expenditure of up to £25,000 to appoint a consultant specialising in the energy market and to provide regulatory support for the Licence Lite Project.  The cost will be funded from Licence Lite Markets & Regulation 2017-2018 income Budget as per MD1542.

Planned delivery approach and next steps

The energy regulatory and market consultant will be procured under a single source justification.

Activity table

Activity

Timeline

IR35 vetting completed

19th July 2017

Services contracted

21st July 2017

Services completed

31st March 2018