Fuel suppliers line up for £850m public sector contracts

A total of 35 suppliers have been chosen to provide fuel for public sector organisations in the UK. Small and medium sized businesses make up almost three quarters of the total number of suppliers on Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) new National Fuels Framework, expected to be worth around £850 million over four years. Winners include […]

Ride the wave of convergence

Energy management and energy procurement are beginning to converge. Jon Ferris explains how managers can cope with this fundamental change. Before 2005, virtually all consumers had fixed energy contracts. As prices became more volatile, consumers found themselves paying suppliers extra to bear the commodity risk on their behalf. In 2005, when gas prices exceeded 100 […]

Seek a business partner in an energy broker, firms advised

Getting prices from lots of different brokers is a “poor way” of going around to find a good energy deal in the market. That’s according to Mark Alston, Director at ENER-G Procurement, who also believes a lot of the time businesses “jump straight to a price discussion”. He suggests firms should regard it as a […]

Buy energy ‘little and often’ rather than fixed long term

Buying a fixed-price energy contract once a year or every two years could be a lot more risky than going into a flexible contract and buying “little and often” as price opportunities arise throughout the term. That’s the view of Mark Alston, Director at ENER-G Procurement, who believes a lot of buyers “don’t seriously consider” […]

India and Japan consider clubbing together to buy LNG

India and Japan – two of the world’s largest importers of LNG – are said to be considering clubbing together so they can buy it a cheaper price. Last year October the two agreed to carry out a study looking at how to head off the rising costs of LNG and this September they signed […]

Sainsbury's head of energy at EL2013

The head of energy at Sainsbury’s will be joining the debate at the Energy Live 2013 conference next month. Phil Osborn has extensive experience in the procurement and management of energy, engineering and facilities services across a variety of sectors. With Sainsbury’s boasting a great track record in energy and carbon emissions reductions, Mr Osborn […]

Enserve Group sells energy division Inenco

Lancashire-based energy broker Inenco Group has been sold to funds managed by private equity firm Vitruvian Partners and Intermediate Capital Group for an undisclosed sum. Inenco, which provides energy procurement and risk management services for more than 9,000 customers, is the energy division of infrastructure services provider Enserve Group, which is owned by Cinven. Cinven […]

Energy brokers save hard-pressed businesses time – Hudson Energy

Energy brokers can save hard-pressed businesses time and money so they can get on with running their business, says Hudson Energy. In a guide to what brokers do ahead of The Energy Live Consultancy Awards ceremony tonight, Hudson Energy said: “At a time when the global economic situation is presenting businesses with enough challenges – […]

Guest Blog – Mervyn Bowden: Where should energy sit?….

Where in your organisation should the energy function sit? This isn’t quite as daft a question as it may sound first time around when you consider the large number of variant functions within “energy” functions – from complex risk management processes to, literally, changing light-bulbs (energy efficient ones of course!). I’ve seen energy functions reporting […]

Police spent £46m on joint energy contracts

Britain’s police forces spent £46million on joint energy contracts last year, according to the National Audit Office. The government body’s latest report on police spending examined ways the 43 police forces in England and Wales had pooled resources, such as ordering uniform in bulk or teaming up on utility bills. In 2011-12, police forces spent […]