30 November 2000
Councils in the south-east are set to save £5.5 million on their energy bills over the next two years, according to the Central Buying Consortium (CBC).
Members of the CBC, including Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Essex county councils, will make the savings on the two electricity contracts through their combined purchasing power.
"This is a major success for us," said David Gazeley, purchasing manager at Suffolk County Council and chair of the CBC's energy group. "We exceeded our targets by picking a moment before prices started to fluctuate."
He predicted the electricity market would face changes over the coming months because of the introduction of the New Electricity Trading Arrangements (Neta) set for 27 March. Councils would benefit from stable prices in an increasingly volatile market, he added.
Contracts supplied mainly by Npower, along with Scottish and Southern, are for more than 380 large sites, including secondary schools and leisure centres, and 3,500 smaller sites such as primary schools and small offices.