« Go back

The documents are structured around the first 4 cases of HMT’s ‘Five-Case Business Case Model’, which considers the viability of the project from 5 perspectives:

    • strategic
    • economic
    • commercial
    • financial
    • management
    • procurement and state aid

Strategic and commercial guidance

This guidance supports completion of the Strategic Case and Commercial Case for a heat network project:

  • Strategic Case – a summary and reference matrix of relevant legislation, policy and strategy, and guidance on key drivers for delivery of heat networks
  • Commercial Case:
    • the different roles in the delivery of a heat network, and the risks and opportunities associated with each role
    • typical contracts used to govern relationships between parties
    • delivery models for heat networks, i.e. combinations of role allocations to different parties and the contracts which govern relationship between the parties; and tax and insurance implications for heat networks

Available: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/717798/Strategic_and_Commercial_Case_development.pdf

Heads of Terms
15 contract heads of terms (HoTs) documents for use by local authorities as a starting point for developing bespoke agreements for particular heat network projects.

Available: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/717800/Heat_Network_Heads_of_Terms.docx

Economic and financial guidance
The journey through the development of a Financial Model, which underpins the commercial reality of the Outline Business Case (OBC): use to identify areas where commercial viability of a project can be improved, and where customer protection for the end user can be offered. Topics covered include:

  • developing the Techno-Economic Model into the Financial Model
  • heat pricing
  • revenue streams and avoided costs – maximising opportunities

Available: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/717802/Economic_and_Financial_Case_development.pdf

Procurement and state aid
An examination of the public law factors that will govern a district heating scheme, with practical advice alongside the legal analysis. It provides case study examples and practical tips for managing the often complex, and occasionally over-lapping, public law issues that arise on a district heating scheme. Topics covered include:

  • “powers”
  • procurement law
  • state aid

Available: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/717804/Procurement_and_State_Aid_guidance.pdf

Start typing and press Enter to search