The Assistant Director, Financial Services and
Revenues, submitted a report to decide the preferred procurement
route option for energy supply.
On 5 September 2016, Cabinet took the decision and
endorsed the proposal continue to support and participate in the
LASER Buying Group's flexible procurement framework for the period
from September 2016 to October 2020.
Following the EU compliant tendering exercise
carried out by LASER, NPower is the preferred supplier for
electricity and Total Gas for the supply of gas. About 2/3rds of the Council's electricity spend is
used in its main buildings (i.e. Town Hall and Muriel Matters
House) and the rest is spread over approximately 60 smaller
The report presented two options:
(i) LASER: Fixed Term Fixed Price Framework 2019-2023 –
Ecotricity Option. Purchase of 100% green energy at a competitive
cost with flexibility to change supplier early. The forecasted cost will be approximately
£1,200 (or 0.5%) than we currently pay.
(ii) LASER: Flexible
Framework (2020–2024) – Renewable Energy Guarantees
of Origin (REGO) backed
electricity from Npower. Npower will
match the equivalent certificates produced with the council’s
consumption for the same period.
Electricity is largely generated from wind, hydro, biomass,
sewerage/landfill gas or solar sources.
The forecasted cost is an increase of £2,000 on what we
the emergency powers set out in Part 4 of the Council’s
Constitution the Managing Director made the decision in
consultation with the following members of Cabinet: Cllr Forward,
Cllr Fitzgerald, Cllr Batsford, Cllr S Beaney, Cllr Chowney, Cllr
Evans, Cllr Rogers, Cllr Lee and Cllr Patmore.
That the Council’s preferred procurement route
from the Local Authority South East Region (LASER) buying
consortium options is:
LASER: Fixed Term Fixed Price Framework
2019-2023 – Ecotricity Option. Purchase of 100% green energy
at a competitive cost with flexibility to change supplier
early. The forecasted cost will be
approximately £1,200 (or 0.5%) more than we currently
To approve purchase of our gas supply through the
LASER gas flexible framework.
To delegate authority to the lead officer or their
nominee in consultation with the respective portfolio lead member,
to finalise the agreements.
for the decision:
The Council's Constitution, Part 9 Financial Rules Section 3,
requires Cabinet approval for expenditure exceeding
The LASER Energy Buying Group is a government approved public
sector buying agency (a trading arm of Kent County Council),
providing an energy procurement service to some 207 member
authorities in the South East of England, with a successful track
record of purchasing performance for the period April 2009 to March
They have requested
that they need an indication of commitment by the end of March 2020
as they are unable to undertake any purchases until the contracts
are in place which can take some time in terms of drafting the
documentation based on each authority`s individual