CIPS Guide to Purchasing Energy

The Purchasing Energy Guide has been developed for CIPS members with

the CIPS Energy specialist knowledge group and covers the following


1. What Energy means for buyers

2. What are the risks and how can it affect your company

3. What are the options and how do they compare

4. Information and help available

5. Forecasting usage

6. How to conduct a tender

7. Understanding costs and how do they break down

8. Green energy

9. International Contracts

10. Suppliers of energy and the differences

11. What does the future hold

Information about CIPS Guide to Purchasing Energy

As far as buyers are concerned Energy includes Electricity and Gas and to a lesser extent Water, which often falls to the buyer of energy. The Gas and Electricity markets are totally deregulated in the UK and also across most of Europe. This makes it easier to get better contracts that suit your companies’ needs and strategy.

The information in this document is supplied without any assumption of liability and you accept, by accepting the information, that we are not liable to you for your use of the information. While reasonable endeavours are taken to ensure that the information in this report is obtained from reliable sources, it is not guaranteed for accuracy. The views set forth are solely of those of the authors and not intended to provide advice or recommendations as the customer is solely re-sponsible for its market decisions. Views expressed are subject to change without notice.

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