National Energy Procurement Category Strategy launched

5th October 2017

Energy is one of the largest controllable costs within local authority corporate budgets and it has been a spend category of focus for the National Advisory Group for Local Government Procurement (NAG) over the last two years.

There are huge opportunities for councils to reduce expenditure in this area, through investment in new technologies or developing better business models. There is a lot more to procurement in this marketplace than looking at energy unit prices on a price comparison web-site!

To help councils who are seeking to gain greater control over this spend, the Local Government Association has published the first “National Category Strategy” for Energy, a companion publication to the existing Category Strategies for ICT, Construction and Social Care. All of these strategies can be downloaded from the LGA’s web-site at: https://www.local.gov.uk/national-procurement-strategy/making-savings

The new Energy Category Strategy contains guidance for councils across the whole spectrum of activity in this category, divided into 4 key areas:

  • Reducing demand
  • Energy generation
  • Energy procurement and
  • Energy supply

The strategy is designed to provide an overview of opportunities, backed up by ideas and practical advice for how councils can minimise their costs and maximise the benefits for their local communities through their energy procurement actions.

There is also a very helpful two page “Councillor’s Guide” embedded within the document which provides advice for elected members, including a number of Key Questions to use in dialogue with officers responsible for this area of expenditure.

To find out more about how the National Advisory Group supports councils with better procurement and commissioning, please contact our Senior Manager, Eddie Gibson who is the East of England representative:
01284 758310
eddie.gibson@eelga.gov.uk

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