The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is a department of the UK government that works to ensure that the UK has secure, clean and affordable energy supplies.
In March 2013, DECC launched the ‘FID Enabling for Renewables’ project to avert an investment hiatus in renewable electricity projects ahead of reform of the electricity market from late 2014. Without the project, there was a real risk that renewable electricity projects in the UK would be delayed or cancelled, putting the achievement of EU 2020 renewable energy targets at risk and having a detrimental impact on the renewables sector more widely. Led by the Commercial Directorate within DECC, the project faced a range of risks and dependencies that were not in its remit, either being managed by other project teams or outside the remit of Government. A wide range of stakeholders needed to be managed and engaged, and project management processes put in place to monitor and manage delivery.In addition, due to the need to move at pace to avert an investment hiatus, the project had to hit the ground running. The project team had to ramp up quickly and there was limited project management resourcing available in-house.
The Pcubed Solution
Pcubed were already working on a parallel engagement with the Commercial Directorate and were able to work flexibly with DECC to provide additional support to this project. Pcubed provided a dedicated project manager to develop and implement a range of project management processes and tools to support the project. In addition, during a peak period Pcubed provided additional support to manage and successfully execute a key workstream within the project – the ‘Phase 2 evaluation’.Pcubed provided experienced project management consultancy services to support the DECC team to deliver:
- Fit for purpose planning – to monitor progress, identify problems and provide a shared plan
- Dependency management – working closely with stakeholders to manage cross cutting issues
- Assurance and approvals – management of and guidance on assurance and approvals processes
- Effective and timely reporting – to enable decision making and ensure visibility amongst key stakeholders
- Evaluation and Benefits Management planning – including capturing lessons learned and developing a robust framework for evaluation and benefits tracking
- Closure of the project – clear and agreed closure plans with robust plans for handover and post closure governance
The project culminated in the award of contracts to eight renewable electricity projects ahead of the implementation of the enduring electricity market reform programme in autumn 2014. By 2020 the projects are expected to provide up to £12 billion of private sector investment and add a further 4.5 GW of low carbon electricity to Britain’s energy mix. Pcubed helped the team to deliver key milestones, meet all approvals points and effectively manage closure of the project.