Dr Neil James (Environmental Research Institute, North Highland College UHI, Scotland) has prepared a summary of the availability of sample energy supply contracts in BioPAD partner regions (Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Finland).
Entering the bioenergy market can be daunting for individuals, and members of both the public and business sector. A key barrier for those wishing to procure heat (or energy) rather than fuel, for the first time is an understanding of the key procurement decisions required in the formation of an energy supply contract.
To assist those wishing to enter the bioenergy market or seeking to use a heat purchase contract, we provide here examples of model or template energy supply contracts which are available to use free of charge. Our aim is to will facilitate greater interest and help remove uncertainty surrounding heat procurement, which will stimulate the development of local bioenergy markets.
An energy supply contract is sometimes referred to as an ESCO. However, the term ESCO can be confusing, as it has been used to mean different things. This acronym has been used for energy supply contracts, energy service contracts, energy supply company, energy service(s) company, and energy savings company. Here we deal with only energy supply contracts, and for the purposes of clarity, do not use the acronym in our report. The full details are available in the report below: