Decision details

SDEN Performance Update

Decision Maker: Sutton Shareholdings Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


This report presents a performance updated for Sutton
Decentralised Energy Network Limited.


The Head of Economic Renewal and Regeneration presented the report which set out the performance report and risk register for Sutton Decentralised Energy Network (SDEN) Limited.


Members discussed how the procurement process worked for SDEN and officers confirmed that currently the Council were the contracting authority but that it had been made clear that this could transfer to SDEN as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Council. Officers updated members on the work done to attract Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to tender for contracts, including successful workshops. Officers advised that as a wholly owned subsidiary SDEN was still subject to Utility Contract Regulations and EU procurement rules.


Members discussed whether retrofitting was part of the SDEN proposals and Officers advised that the business case agreed for Phase 1 was purely based on delivering to new builds at the Felnex site. Members commented that, if Phase 1 proved viable, then Phase 2 could involve retrofitting in respect of large scale projects such as leisure centres and hospitals and was unlikely to involve individual dwellings. It was highlighted that the principle purpose of SDEN was to realise the Council’s sustainability ambitions. It had been agreed that the Phase 1 should pay its way, but the potential to generate income, more likely at Phase 2, was an added incentive.


Members discussed the performance report set out at Appendix A to the report and why the completion of negotiations had been pushed back to September. Officers advised this was due to Barratt’s focus on the planning process and that draft contracts had been issued for comment. Members requested that any changes to timescales were set out more openly in future performance reports.




1.    That the performance update as set out at Appendix A to the report be noted.


2.    That the amended risk register as set out at Appendix B (exempt) be approved.

Report author: Amanda Cherrington

Publication date: 15/06/2016

Date of decision: 09/05/2016

Decided at meeting: 09/05/2016 - Sutton Shareholdings Board

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