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< Back to news 04 February, 2013

New energy efficiency funding for nhs trusts and FT's

The Government is making available £50 million of capital in 2013-14 for NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, to fund new and innovative projects to improve energy efficiency

The Government is making available £50 million of capital in 2013-14 for NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, to fund new and innovative projects to improve energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of the NHS by reducing energy usage, carbon emissions and improving resilience to climate change.

Funding of up to £3M per project is available and will be available as Public Dividend Capital from 14 June 2013, with no fixed repayment required, if this expenditure can be capitalised as part of the scheme.

The fund will be prioritised at a four to five year return on investment. Initial Expressions of Interest (EoI) are due by the 28th February 2013 with “approval in principle” of Stage 1 applications made by 4 April 2013. Stage 2 applications must be submitted electronically by 1 May 2013 and funding for successful applications will be announced by 14 June 2013.

Costs associated with preparing the initial EoI should be included in the application, but Trusts should note this cost will be at their own risk if the application is unsuccessful. The EoI must include the following:

  1. Details of the Trust and relevant contact details
  2. Confirmation of support from Chief Executive and Director of Finance
  3. Broad outline of proposed scheme including capital cost and timetable
  4. A clear summary of any expected benefits that will contribute towards improving patient services.
  5. Statement of estimated carbon/energy/cost saving including:
  • Current overall energy and carbon performance of Trust in kWh/m2 and kgCO2e/m2for (2010/11).
  • Current carbon and energy performance of buildings to benefit from scheme.
  • Initial estimate of total capital cost.
  • Scheme energy/carbon/cost saving (per annum) of proposed scheme (at current energy contract value).

For Existing customers of the Electric Centre, they are delighted to be able to offer a free energy and carbon survey to help identify and quantify eligible projects. Where suitable projects exist, they can work with the Trust to prepare the initial application bid and supporting documentation. Electric Centre can also offer project management and consultancy support through the implementation and monitoring stages, the costs for which are eligible for funding within the project.