18 June 2007 | Antony Barton
A new deal, said to be worth around £1 billion over the next four years, will give the public sector access to "green" electricity for no extra cost.
It guarantees central and local government customers one terawatt hour of electricity per annum from renewable sources until at least 2011, meeting a third of current electricity demand.
The deal, struck by OGCbuying.solutions with EDF Energy, will cost departments no more than buying non-renewable energy and paying the associated climate change levy, with the framework having secured volume and prices for the next four years.
The contract also includes site assessments for renewable onsite generation and toolkits for departments to meet the challenge of reducing carbon emissions by saving energy.
Customers will also be able to buy certified emissions reduction certificates, which fund climate change reduction schemes.
Central government departments must source at least 10 per cent of their electricity from renewable sources by March 2008 if they are to meet sustainability targets.