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Managing a Multiple Site Energy Supply

Project Info

Client The Goodwin Trust
Skills Social Enterprise

Project Description

The Goodwin Trust is a Social Enterprise based in Hull offering people across the city a range of business and social services. As Goodwin has grown it has moved from occupying a single site in the early 1990s to working across 38 sites in 2014.

Working across so many sites, the Goodwin Trust was beginning to struggle to manage almost 50 separate energy supplies. As a result many contract termination dates were being missed and supplies were being rolled-over onto extremely costly tariffs.

Through joining the Energy Action Group it was possible to undertake an urgent ‘housekeeping’ exercise. Every single supply was audited and data gathered on all the relevant meter and consumption details, verifying current contract end dates. It was found that a lot of supplies were on ‘out of contract rates’ which meant Goodwin were able to escape quickly from these supplies. Out of contract tariffs can be more than double a supplier’s standard tariff, so it important to get out of them quickly.

We were able to extricate Goodwin from many high tariffs and replace them with cost effective short-term contracts designed to align with the start of an Energy Action Group bulk buying basket.

To conclude, by collecting and verifying all energy supply data, clarity of supply information was created. Moreover, savings were gained by freeing Goodwin from many ‘out of contract’ supplies and putting short term contracts in place. Finally, these short-term contracts were aligned with an end date that will enable Goodwin to enter into a bulk buying basket, and reduce their energy costs further.