Genesis Housing Association chooses Insite Energy to manage metering and billing management across its heat networks
20th June 2017
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Competitive process for four-year, £1.7 million contract sees Insite Energy recognised for partnership model, flexibility, technological solutions and value.

Insite Energy has been selected by Genesis Housing Association to manage metering, credit billing and prepayment for its 4,500 heat network-connected flats across London and the South East. The four-year contract worth £1.7 million follows a competitive OJEU tender and mini competition process where Insite Energy scored 93 per cent against the award criteria.

Genesis’ de-centralised energy and heat metering framework contract will see approximately 75 percent of flats transfer over to Insite Energy’s heat metering & billing service over a four-phase, nine-month handover period, with the remainder being considered for retro-fitting with an Insite Energy-operated Pay-As-You-Go metering system, within a similar timescale. The first credit billing service will go live in July at the Woodberry Down development in Hackney, London.

John Carey, Head of Category – Corporate & Professional Services said, “Some of the key priorities for Genesis when running the tender and selecting a metering and billing provider was resident communication and education, a wide range of simple payment methods, flexible partnership working and of course remote meter reading and billing accuracy.  Genesis was keen to contract with a company that shared their values and could demonstrate they would proactively work with us to achieve these goals through service delivery.”

Anthony Coates-Smith, business development director at Insite Energy, said, “This is the first major OJEU contract win for Insite Energy so we’re delighted to come out on top, against stiff competition from market leaders, and with such a high score. Having gone through this OJEU process means that other housing associations are able to consult our responses to the very relevant priorities of one of their peers. They can then leverage the same attractive terms directly with Insite without the need to repeat the tender process should they wish.”

Insite Energy’s first place scoring was based on a number of factors including its ability to work with Genesis’ internal systems and third party suppliers; the fact that it has a team of in-house engineers on call; its wide range of payment technology options and its use of transferable operating licenses. Central to the new contract is the provision of a new client relationship manager position. Guru Systems and Secure meters will be specified as part of retrofit works.

“We understand the wide-ranging issues that Genesis Housing Association has experienced with billing accuracy and debt management and these are areas where Insite Energy can confidently add value. We continue to take a rare, technology-neutral approach to metering and billing systems, meaning it’s not as difficult as some housing associations may think to switch to a new provider,” concluded Coates-Smith.

The Genesis Housing Association business means Insite Energy now manages approximately 170 communal heating schemes and 27,500 units in the UK. Last month, a new sister company, Heatworks Solutions, was launched, allowing Insite Energy to offer heat network plant room and metering system maintenance alongside its metering, billing and payment services.

High res image – Genesis Housing Association has chosen Insite Energy to manage its metering and billing management across all its heat networks.

High res image – One of the heat networks that will be managed by Insite Energy is the Woodberry Down development in Hackney, London.

About Insite Energy

London-based Insite Energy is a specialist in providing metering, billing and payment services to customers connected to communal and district heating networks, providing end-to-end services across the life of housing and commercial developments.

Insite’s energy analysts and metering specialists can help heat providers to ensure they comply with all relevant legislations and regulations, and that they maximise the payback on their metering and billing investments. Services include; debt management, tariff setting, reviews and benchmarking, fuel procurement, metering best practice advice, advice on measuring energy efficiency, as well as resident communications.

About Genesis Housing Association

Genesis Housing Association provides homes to over 100,000 tenants in 88 local authorities in London and the East of England. It owns or manages over 33,000 homes across a range of tenures including social and private rent, shared ownership and leasehold, and care and support.  As one of the most diverse housing associations in the UK, Genesis’ main aim is to provide great services, great homes, great places and great opportunities for its customers. For more information visit www.genesisha.org.uk