Case Study – University of Bristol – PCMG

University of Bristol – £445,000 Total Recoveries.

PCMG are the leading cost consultancy in the UK for recovering Energy, Water and Telecommunications overcharges for Public Sector organisations. As experts in our field for 25 years, we have recovered over £400 million for our clients from suppliers and other industry bodies. We specialise in the analysis of supplier charges, going back over six years of historical billing data line by line to identify errors and overcharges.

University of Bristol – £445,000 Total Recoveries

 Electricity Recoveries – £416,000

Gas Recoveries – £8,000

Water Recoveries – £21,500

9 individual claims including reconfiguration of energy supply

About University of Bristol

 As an internationally-renowned research university, the University of Bristol has a significant estate to manage and optimising energy consumption and generating savings is an on-going priority. At the time of contacting us, the university was spending £5 million on its electricity and £2.6 million on its gas bills each year.

The university engaged with PCMG to access specialist expertise in the area of pass-through charges within their historical electricity and gas expenditure. This was based on the knowledge that PCMG have worked with over 300 Public Sector organisations including NHS, Councils, Education and Central Government, recovering over £40 million for UK Public Sector organisations in the last six years alone.

The Analysis Process

 Following the provision of a site and meter list, PCMG obtained invoices covering 6 years from the University’s suppliers. These were supplemented with information sourced from industry third parties such as their distribution and metering companies.

A line-by-line analysis was carried out by PCMG uncovering nine refund and saving opportunities across 8 locations. These findings were compiled into a detailed report.

Added Value

 Not only did PCMG identify and obtain significant savings for the university’s main campus, they also made history in the process. As the UK’s leading cost recovery specialists, PCMG utilised their industry insight to reconfigure how the university’s meters were set up on site via a restructure of the physical energy supply. As a result of this technical change, the university was able to continue to save on its electricity bills without being impacted by the revised electricity distribution charges, which came into force in April 2012. At the time, this pioneering method was an industry first and had never been implemented by anybody before.

“PCMG has a unique and innovative approach to energy cost analysis. They were able to identify a significant saving using their in-depth knowledge of the UK’s energy networks and related policies.”

Dr. John Brenton

Sustainability Manager, University of Bristol

For more information or to discuss how we could identify valuable refunds and savings within your energy bills, contact us at:

E: [email protected]

T: 01253 361 600

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