01/19/2012 07:30 PM (Council Chamber, Town Hall, Maidenhead) Sustainability Panel - Minutes
19 JANUARY 2012
PRESENT: Councillors David Coppinger (Chairman), Natasha Airey, George Fussey and Marion Mills.
Officers: Vickie Cossins, Andrew Elkington, Tanya Leftwich, Alan Marshall, Naveed Mohammed and Gordon Oliver.
Also Present: Gavin Dick (SERCO) and Andrew Shortis (SERCO).
Apologies were received from Councillor Sharp and Martin Fry (MRF&A / City University).
The minutes of the meeting held on 7 December 2011 were agreed as a correct record.
None were received.
The meeting, which began at 7.30pm, ended at 8.45pm.
The Chairman requested that Members put forward item suggestions for future meetings and email them directly to him.
The Energy Manager informed Members that she had met with Serco Energy a few months ago and that they had looked at three buildings (Magnet Leisure Centre, Windsor Library and St Edwards First School) before Christmas with regard to long-term energy reduction, costs, funding and the way forward. The Chairman welcomed Andrew Shortis and Gavin Dick, Serco Energy to the Panel.
Andrew Shortis went onto explain that he believed the Council had already done some very good work to reduce energy consumption but needed long-term reliable savings which would require meaningful investment in energy saving measures. Members were informed that Serco Energy believed there was a potential to save between 20-25% which equated to approximately £48,000 per annum.
Andrew Shortis and Gavin Dick gave Members a presentation on energy efficiency and covered areas such as the unique set of capabilities and skills of Serco Energy, what they had done so far, implications, energy costs and environmental commitment, why do it, what Serco Energy do with regard to energy efficiency, case studies and the next steps.
Following the ensuing discussion the following points were noted:
· It was noted that if Serco Energy were provided with the Councils business plan they could provide a forecast.
· It was noted that Serco Energy would find third party finance to fund the project so the project could be paid from the savings made. It was explained that if Serco Energy delivered the savings the only obligation the Council would have would be to pay them the agreed percentage of the savings. Any shortfall would be made up by Serco Energy.
· The Energy Manager informed the Panel that it had been explained to SERCO that the Council was not under any obligation to them and would be going out to open tender before any agreement was signed.
- It was requested that the preliminary assessment of energy efficiency at the three sites be emailed to the Clerk for distribution with the minutes.
- It was requested that the Clerk send a copy of the presentation to Members with the minutes.
The Chairman thanked Gavin Dick and Andrew Shortis for their presentation and explained that it was of great interest to the Panel.
STREET LIGHTING UPDATE
The Principal Street Lighting Engineer, Alan Marshall, gave Members an update on street lighting energy reduction and explained that it accounted for approximately 19% of the Borough’s total energy costs and 11% of energy usage. It was noted that it was therefore important that the Council focused its efforts on reducing consumption wherever possible without having a detrimental impact on the significant benefits of street lighting.
The Principal Street Lighting Engineer ran Members through the street lighting sustainability initiatives that could be found on page one of the briefing note. Members were informed that energy consumption was now below levels of 2006 and the noted reductions were expected to continue and increase with the aid of additional funding.
The Principal Street Lighting Engineer went onto explain the Salix projects, the street lighting energy monitoring and further energy reduction options which covered lantern replacements, Central Management System, Micro Generation and best practice, all of which could be found detailed in the briefing note.
In the ensuing discussion the following points were noted:
· Members were informed that residents should not notice the difference with the energy efficient lanterns that had been installed. It was noted that all accident black spots and junctions would not have their street lights dimmed.
· It was noted that very few light bulbs failed, possibly around 10% but that the Council made an allowance for 20%.
· It was noted that LED technology was very expensive to use with regard to street lighting and that the lamps the Council used were very energy efficient.
· It was felt that SERCO could help assist with changing 2500 SOX lanterns which could be further enhanced by dimming. This scheme was noted to have a fifteen year payback period and would give full power until around 8/9pm then dim by 70% with a motion sensor. It was explained that Canada used solar power systems which could be brought over to the UK.
· It was noted that one of the Salix projects was to change 950 sign lights from traditional florescent lamps to Light Emitting Diodes (LED) which had a payback period of 3.83 years. It was noted that motorway signs were not included in the 950.
· It was noted that a solar project was being requested for the Diamond Jubilee and that further discussions would be taking place next week. It was explained that micro generation for street lighting had been very hit and miss until SCOTIA had come along. It was noted that this used to have a fifteen year payback period but now had a thirty year payback period and was the equivalent to a 50watt lamp. It was explained that micro generation could work well in Sunninghill and Sunningdale and that they would be approached to see if they would be interested in funding it.
RESOLVED Unanimously that the Panel supported the request for £27,600 to fund the replacement of the 950 8W sign light lamp which had a payback period of 3.83 years.
The Chairman thanked the Principal Street Lighting Engineer for his update.
ELECTRIC VEHICLES UPDATE
The Principal Transport Policy Officer, Gordon Oliver, gave Members an update on electric vehicles. Members were informed that ‘What Car Magazine’ had contained an article on the Chargemaster Polar network which had included a map of charging point locations and information about the monthly subscription for anyone who wanted to join the scheme and have a charging point installed at the their home. The Principal Transport Policy Officer went onto explain that he was liaising with Chargemaster and Sainsbury’s to get at least one dual outlet charging point installed at Hines Meadow. Provisional contract terms have been agreed with Chargemaster and there was due to be a site meeting next week to discuss locations. The Principal Transport Policy Officer informed Members that Sainsbury’s were the tenants of the car parks the Council was interested in and had given their permission subject to the location of the charging points.
In the ensuing discussion the following points were noted:
· Members noted that it was hoped that the charging points in the Sainsbury’s car parks would be in place by March 2012 and that they would be entirely privately funded and repaired at no cost to the Council.
The Chairman thanked the Principal Transport Policy Officer for his update.
· It was noted that a mainstream manufacturer of electric vehicles was planning to introduce a model which cost approximately £14,000.
· It was noted that the Council’s electric vehicle had not to date broken down or run out of electricity mid-journey.
· It was noted that the benefit of the Council’s electric car was zero emissions. The Energy Reduction Manager explained that the Council needed to look into how the CO2 savings compared to the electricity usage and also the possible savings made with regard to petrol costs.
· The Energy Manager informed Members that as long as the supplier advised the Council of the amount of electricity used to charge the vehicles, it could be excluded from our CRC commitment.
· Members believed the charging points would be a good chance for PR coverage.
It was noted that the next meeting had been scheduled for Monday 19 March 2012 (7.30pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall).