22 August 2002
Renewable energy contracts for the Environment Agency's sites in East Anglia have been secured in what it claims is the first e-auction to take place in the UK public sector under European Commission rules.
London Electricity bid £460,000 to supply the 366 sites in the auction, beating three other utility companies.
The deal brings together two previous contracts with TXU and Powergen.
Simon Butt, contract development manager at the agency, said it is considering hosting further auctions. "We've dipped our toe in the water and convinced ourselves that this works," he said.
Peter Thomas, procurement strategy manager, added: "If we can auction electricity, we should be able to auction just about anything."
The auction was conducted as part of the Office of Government Commerce's (OGC) pilots of a range of e-procurement systems in seven government departments, which ended on target at the beginning of this month.
The OGC is due to report on how successful the pilots have been in October.