Public Sector Energy Framework
Energy Management has launched its unique, six-point Choice Energy Framework (CEF), to help reduce Public Sector energy expenditure.
Involving up to six energy suppliers, the framework allows public sector bodies to access the best energy solutions.
The six suppliers have been shortlisted on the basis of tariff competitiveness, billing accuracy, max/min volume threshold restrictions and terms and conditions.
Fixed and flexible contracts will be offered by the suppliers with the length of the contract varying from 12 months to as long as four years.
Get in touch about the Choice Energy Framework
Choice Energy Framework
As the Choice Energy Framework is compliant with the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), signed-up organisations will be freed from time-consuming form filling and save as much as £20,000 on admin fees. OJEU is the publication in which all tenders from the public sector which are valued above a certain financial threshold according to EU legislation, must be published.
Years of experience in public sector energy procurement has enabled Energy Management to understand what clients want, explains the company’s senior energy consultant, Malcolm Barrington.
He said “Energy Management have been working closely with many councils and other public sector bodies to procure and manage their energy. We have seen how central purchasing centres procure a framework with just one energy supplier. How can this be a competitive way to buy energy?
“Energy Management’s “Choice Energy Framework” is new to the marketplace and really does provide choice and competition.
“Our CEF framework has been procured through OJEU and provides framework participants with a panel of up to six suppliers to tender supplies via mini-competition.
“We are excited to be able to provide a different type of energy framework that gives control, choice and competitive pricing back to public sector bodies across the UK.”
According to a recent report, energy is estimated to cost the public sector £3.4 billion, with over half that figure attributed to Healthcare, universities and defence.
For public sector organisations with increasingly tight budgets, reducing their energy spend is a top priority. The Choice Energy Framework allows clients to do that.
For more information on the Choice Energy Framework, please contact Malcolm Barrington on 01225 867722, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or
What is Net zero?
Net zero refers to the point when equilibrium is achieved between the greenhouse gases that are emitted into the atmosphere and those that are taken out. When the amount of carbon emissions produced are cancelled out by the amount removed, the UK will be a net-zero emitter.
Behavioural change is one of the key drivers in the pursuit of this goal and individual and companies all have a part to play in reducing the amount of harmful greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. The lower the emissions, the easier the path to net zero becomes.
Recognising the urgency to go further to tackle climate change, the UK has committed to cut emissions at the fastest rate of any major economy so far.
At the start of December 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 68% by the end of the decade, setting the UK on the path to be net zero by 2050.
Following the government’s example, some of the biggest global brands, such as Microsoft and Ikea, have set their own net zero targets and are embracing the challenge in meeting them.
Getting down to business
Companies are increasingly aware of the need to fulfil Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria and the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to their corporate image.
ESG can be used by potential investors as a way to judge a company’s commitment to a more sustainable future. Energy use and handling of waste, for example, are two areas within a broader range of behaviours that could be used to evaluate how ‘green’ a company may be.
CSR, meanwhile, is a self-regulating business model that helps companies to be more socially accountable and add to their appeal to environmentally aware customers.
Companies setting long-term net-zero goals should also set interim milestones that help investors, customers, and other stakeholders understand the journey that they are on and how far down the road they are towards their net-zero goal.
Flexible or Fixed contracts
FullFlex Contract – A fully flexible contract that can offer advantages derived from fluctuations in energy pricing.
MidiFlex Contract – MidiFlex contracts provide some flexibility without the risk involved with a FullFlex arrangement.
Fixed Contract – A longer-term arrangement that allows for greater security, planning and budgeting.
Our energy procurement experts are ideally placed to recommend the best energy contract for your business. If you’d like to hear about the benefits of each contract or would like to get some advice on energy procurement, please get in touch for a free consultation.
Up to six suppliers – competitive pricing
With an Energy Management consultant you know you are talking to an industry expert who has the best and most recent information to hand to guide you through the energy procurement process.
Our team are constantly watching the energy price markets to watch for trends and changes that will ultimately help you make the best-informed decision possible before signing up to a business energy contract
Cheap isn’t always best. Energy Management’s consultants focus on getting you the best contract for your business including price, customer service and additional contract terms. It may also be helpful to know that you are under no obligation to sign up with us whilst we review your current energy management arrangements.
But by undertaking the help of Energy Management you will free up time and be able to focus on other areas of your business, whilst safe in the knowledge that your energy needs are being looked after by experts.
Best contract pricing
Our years of industry experience and in-house energy procurement expertise enable us to get the best energy deal for your business.
“We achieve the best procurement results for our clients by using a blend of detailed market information and the development of a risk management strategy and proactive procurement strategy” – Senior Energy Consultant, Malcolm Barrington.
Energy bills can often be very detailed and complex in their make-up and it is not uncommon for administrative mistakes to be made in the billing process. Industry-wide research has found that as many as one if five invoices are inaccurate.
Mistakes can occur for a variety of reasons – from an IT glitch to wrongly inputted data or the bill being based on the wrong tariff – but the important thing is to address them as soon as possible.
At Energy Management, we estimate that a business can be overcharged by as much as 3 to 5% of the overall bill if these errors continue to go undetected. Depending on the size of the business concerned and the number of sites being supplied with energy, this could run into tens of thousands of pounds.
If time is in short supply or there isn’t the necessary in-house expertise to validate energy bills, a reputable energy consultant will be able to offer this service for you.
The return on investment is obviously dependent on the nature and the frequency of errors made at the supplier’s end, but there is scope to make significant savings.
As your energy management partner, we will check the accuracy of every invoice against known consumption data and create an itemised validation report.
We will then work with the relevant energy supplier(s) to resolve any anomalies and keep the client updated throughout the whole process.
All Public Sector tenders valued at or above a certain figure must be published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).
OJEU covers any organisations and project which receive public money and entries must be compliant with the necessary rules and regulations.
The Official Journal comprises three of series: (ojeu.eu, 2021)
- The L Series – this contains EU legislations which includes regulations, directives, decisions, recommendations, and opinions.
- The C Series – this series contains EU information and notices including the judgments of the European Courts, calls for expressions of interest for EU programmes and projects. For example public contracts for food aid.
- The supplementary S series – this contains invitations to tender all of which can be found at Tenders Direct.
All three series of the OJEU are published five working days a week, with approximately 160,000 invitations to tender published per year. More than 14,000 of these are from the UK and Ireland.
If you become part of the Choice Energy Framework you will be part of a framework which is OJEU compliant and recognised worldwide.
The EM-Powered energy management portal has been fully operational for three years and is available to all of Energy Management’s clients.
Its many benefits and capabilities ensure a high degree of accuracy in the energy reporting process.
A summary of the features and benefits of EM-Powered
- Monthly energy consumption is validated and updated overnight (including Invoice validation reporting), accumulative energy consumption, monthly energy costs and accumulative energy costs for Electricity, Sub100’s and Gas supplies
- EM-Powered is an ideal self-populating tool for clients producing monthly/annual reports (both in consumption and monetary terms). Other added benefits include the ability to compile CCA reports and compare figures and budgets from previous years.
- Presents Half-Hourly data to indicate early issues with capacity allowances
- Open project, current status & marketing intelligence reporting
- Capable of producing performance tables against known outputs (i.e. how many kW’s are required per m2 of floor space, etc.)
- Historical Electricity, Gas and European energy price graphs and trends
- Comparative data analysis data tool assists clients with their energy consumption management and helps energy budget control
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