Energy Procurement - Offer to Schools and Academies

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Closes 24 Feb 2023

Summary of Options

Sheffield City Council (SCC) recently made the decision to move to a long-term trading strategy for both gas and electricity to help negate the fluctuations in market commodity prices and has decided to offer schools the opportunity to align with the Council’s procurement strategy.

The Council’s energy procurement strategy was presented to the Schools Forum in September 2022 and the recommendation from Schools Forum is that schools sign up to the council’s Energy Package.

SCC signed up to a long-term purchasing strategy via the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Framework for both gas and electricity supply to its corporate and housing estate. The decision followed a benchmarking exercise undertaken by the Councils Commercial Team.  Crown Commercial Service are the largest public procurement organisation in the UK and offer a compliant route to market. This long-term purchasing strategy is referred to as the V30 basket. This means a long-term commitment of 42 months as CCS (on SCC’s behalf) purchase energy over a prolonged period to level out any peaks in the market. With no sign that there is to be any sustained balancing on the market and energy supplies susceptible to global pressures outside our control this is seen as the Council’s best/preferred option moving forwards.

Options

Options available to schools - please inform us by completing the following questionnaire

  1. Existing schools and academies on the SCC energy purchasing package can continue on our contract but must be aware that all accounts on our package are transitioning to the V30 basket and require a long-term commitment. Those choosing to remain on the package will only be able to leave by providing 30 months’ notice by 1 September of each year.
  1. Existing schools and academies on the SCC energy purchasing package that do not wish to continue with the SCC Package are able to undertake their own procurement of gas and electricity are free to do so. Those schools currently on the SCC package will need to give notice by Friday the 24 February 2023. The current contract commitment is until the end of March 2024.
  1. Schools who are not currently on the SCC purchasing package but wish to join are welcome, but the transition to the SCC package will be dependent upon the conditions of the school’s current contract for the supply of energy.
  1. There is an option for schools and academies on our package to sign up directly with the Crown Commercial Service Framework if they wish to pursue an alternative purchasing strategy. This will require a novation which we can advise on. Again, schools already on the SCC package have a commitment with our current supplier until the end of March 2024.
1. What is your name?
2. What is your position/title?
3. What is your email address?
4. What is the name of your school/academy?
5. Is your school already on the Sheffield City Council's energy purchasing package?
(Required)
6. If you are already on the SCC energy procurement package, do you wish to continue on our contract? (If you choose to continue, you will only be able to leave by providing 30 months’ notice by 1 September of each year. Please note the current contract commitment is until the end of March 2024.)
(Required)
7. If you are not already on our energy package, do you wish to join? (Please note that this will be dependent upon the conditions of your existing energy contract - please contact us for further advise as soon as is practicable on energy@sheffield.gov.uk)
(Required)
8. Please use this space to add any comments/questions, in particular relating to the conditions of your existing energy contract.