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RASLRES ESCO Model Contracts and Guidance Notes

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The renewable heat market has the potential to create considerable employment and to provide long-term stable markets for low value wood fuels which can compete with fossil fuels and so reduce or fix energy prices for end users.  In the course of the RASLRES project it was found that there was considerable uncertainty in relation to the procurement of heat (rather than fuel) in Ireland through Energy Supply contracts (ESCO) and project partners felt this was a barrier to the development of the heat market as public bodies are in an excellent position to provide an example and stimulate the development of their local markets.

The ESCO model contracts and guidance notes were developed to provide a template for public ESCO model contracts which would be available to business or public sector users seeking to use a heat purchase contract.

There are two standard model contracts (which is used depends on the treatment of existing fossil fuel boilers in the contract) and a set of guidance notes which explain key decisions to be made in relation to the procurement of an ESCO contract and the issues of supplier and customer.

The model ESCO contracts and guidance notes are intended to increase use of biomass as a fuel for renewable heat by overcoming difficulties associated with procurement which may be experienced in the early stages of market development.

Please click on the links below to download the appropriate document(s):


Biomass Energy Supply Contract Template >> 805KB

Fossil Fuel and Biomass Energy Supply Contract Template >> 802KB

Fossil Fuel and Biomass Energy Services Contract Template: Guidance Notes >>762KB

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