the energy consortium (tec) wins tender to power six of the uk’s most popular museums

23 April 2010

Birmingham, UK, 23 April, 2010 – The Energy Consortium (TEC) has won its first major tender in the public sector since being confirmed as a Pan Government public buying organisation (PBO). The tender, which it jointly presented with its service provider Utilyx, is to provide gas and electricity contracts for four of London’s top tourist attractions; the V&A Museum, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Childhood, as well as the National Railway Museum at York and the National Media Museum in Bradford.

The Energy Consortium (TEC) wins tender to power six of the UK’s most popular museums

  • TEC’s first major public sector win since confirmation as PBO
  • London’s V&A, Science and Natural History Museum and Museum of Childhood, York’s National Railway Museum and Bradford’s National Media Museum all switch to flexible contracts and demonstrate best practice collaborative energy procurement
  • Museum win underlines powerful offering of TEC and Utilyx

The Energy Consortium (TEC) has won its first major tender in the public sector since being confirmed as a Pan Government public buying organisation (PBO). The tender, which it jointly presented with its service provider Utilyx, is to provide gas and electricity contracts for four of London’s top tourist attractions; the V&A Museum, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Childhood, as well as the National Railway Museum at York and the National Media Museum in Bradford.

The museums group is one of the first major public sector bodies to embrace the Pan Government Energy Project to buy energy smarter and collaboratively. A campaign launched last summer by the Office of Government Commerce set out best practice energy procurement, providing route maps of how public sector buyers could access aggregated, flexible and risk managed contracts through Central Purchasing Bodies such as TEC.

The museums group responded to the initiative and in its tender set out four clear objectives; best value energy management, data management to facilitate reporting under CRC legislation, AMR automatic metering and management of data for future tendering. The combined services and sector expertise of the TEC/Utilyx relationship proved a powerful offering and the museums group signed an interim fixed price, fixed term contract to co-ordinate end-dates before it switches to the best practice benefits of flexible contracts. The tender is to supply 21 gas sites, eight half-hourly sites and four non half-hourly sites. The museum group’s combined spend on gas and electric is £4.3million/year.

"We’re all very pleased at winning such high profile clients,’ says Kevin Doyle, CEO of TEC. "The win demonstrates the combined strength and unrivalled knowledge of the TEC/Utilyx relationship and is proof that public sector organisations are starting to appreciate the cost savings achievable - typically between 10% and 20% - of flexible contracts.

"And, as this win demonstrates, public sector bodies don’t have to wait until their contracts are up for renewal; they can start the process any time," suggests Kevin. "This group of museums understands the importance of entering into the process as early as possible to create an effective window for risk managed purchasing."

TEC, a not for profit organisation, recently added the Parliamentary Estates to its list of members.

Any local authority, university, further education establishment or other public sector organisation wishing to discuss their energy requirements can contact TEC in confidence on 0121 483 1963 or email: a.brookes@bham.ac.uk

About The Energy Consortium (TEC)
TEC is a not for profit organisation that has operated exclusively in the higher education (HE) and further education (FE) sector. It grew as a spin-off company from a single university (Warwick) and was constituted in 1995 and known as the Consortium for Higher Education Energy Purchasing (CHEEP). It has over 200 members and an annual energy contract value of over £300M. In conjunction with Utilyx, TEC is offering OGC audited risk-managed flexible solutions and fixed price procurement for HE and FE institutions as well as to affiliated public sector organisations.

For further information contact:
Kevin Doyle on 0121 483 1963 or email: k.doyle.1@bham.ac.uk
Or PR consultant, Jane Brodie of Str8 Marketing on 01327 830625 or email: jane@str8marketing.co.uk

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