This framework is for the supply of energy for educational establishments and covers energy for schools, academies, colleges and universities. It has been designed for the education sector and provides institutions with electricity and gas.

Designed for the education sector, it offers a bespoke and fully compliant route to market for all of your power needs. The Utilities Supplies framework offers proactive market monitoring and guidance on market timing to achieve the best rates. Competitive sourcing takes place across a range of suppliers including: Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), Orsted, Npower and Haven Power, plus a range of different contract options are available to suit members' varying needs, including Fully Fixed, Energy Only, Flexible and Basket contracts.

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We are creating a ‘basket’ purchasing opportunity which is a way of pooling the bulk buying power of a group of buying organisations to get more competitive prices. We’d expect all institutions to make savings by joining the basket with savings for smaller energy users expected to be particularly significant. We are currently developing an October 2019 start dated ‘basket’. Should you wish to participate please express your interest via the Energy Help Desk as early as possible. The more members that use the ‘basket’ and the more time there is to track the markets, the greater the opportunity to achieve lower energy rates. We can accommodate contract dates that are slightly out of alignment with October.

The appointed provider Utilities Procurement Group (UPG) will not only undertake Utilities contracting (Gas and Electricity supplies) on behalf of CPC members but they’re also available to offer advice and support.

UPG provide market leading value and their dedicated contract management team offer excellent customer service and welcome the opportunity to beat any renewal offer CPC members receive. UPG will tangibly demonstrate and benchmark value on a like for like basis against equivalent current market conditions. There is no obligation for members to accept any proposals from UPG, there will be no pressure to proceed and all quotations are free.

It was awarded on 22nd October 2018 and runs to 21st October 2020 with a possible extension to 21st October 2022.

Key Benefits of this Framework

  1. There are no hidden costs, what you’re quoted is what you pay
  2. Compliant with OJEU Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015)
  3. Time saving and easy to use. UPG will source the best prices from multiple energy suppliers through UPG’s OJEU compliant frameworks
  4. A variety of options and contract lengths to suit your needs
  5. Dedicated help desk assistance and support that is provided by people with specific energy expertise who are available to advise on specification, technical queries and contract management issues

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Supplier Details

Lots No. Suppliers
Lot 1: <750,000kwh (eg.Schools & Academies) Lot 1 is aimed at members with lower levels of energy consumption. Primarily these institutions are likely to include schools, academies, free schools, private and independent schools 1 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No. Coverage
UPG - Utilities Procurement Group Limited 2018/2007 Nationwide
Lot 2: >750,000kwh (Academy Trusts, FE Colleges & Universities) Lot 2 is aimed at members with higher levels of energy consumption. Primarily these institutions are likely to include academy trusts, further education and sixth form colleges and universities. 1 View Suppliers
Supplier Agreement No. Coverage
UPG - Utilities Procurement Group Limited 2018/2007 Nationwide

How can I use this Framework

You should liaise directly with UPG to use this framework, UPG will require the following resources in order to provide a Utility Supply quotation, the following documents are all available within the framework user guide:

  • Letter of Authority (LOA) (on organisational letter headed paper)
  • Energy supply information – this can be provided as a copy of an invoice for each energy supply point or by completing the supply information template

Please send these documents to the UPG Help Desk via email to cpcenergyhelpdesk@upg-ltd.co.uk, they will review the data and can make recommendation on contract variants, durations and market timing.

Members who would like to discuss their energy requirements or would like to participate in a basket purchasing exercise please contact the dedicated Energy Helpdesk on 03453 020041.

Use This Framework

To use this framework and get a quote you need to sign in.

Create a User Account

To create a free user account your institution needs to be a CPC member, CPC membership is completely free for educational establishments.

When you join the CPC you will receive some amazing benefits including access to 66 frameworks and specialist procurement advice, plus you won't be inundated with lots of marketing calls and emails that you don't need.

The joining form only takes a few minutes to complete and upon registering as a member you will typically be approved within 10 minutes (during the hours of 9am and 4.30pm).

To see if your institution is already registered as a CPC member use the search bar below, if your institution is not a member click the Join the CPC button. Remember CPC membership is free for educational establishments.

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Associated Documentation

The following documents are associated with this framework. Some are required for successful use of the framework and are clearly marked.

File Details Essential
User Guide - Lot 1This is required reading if you are considering using this framework. It tells you everything you need to know about the panel of providers, eligibility, running the mini-competition process, and evaluating bids. YesDownload
User Guide - Lot 2This is required reading if you are considering using this framework. It tells you everything you need to know about the panel of providers, eligibility, running the mini-competition process, and evaluating bids. YesDownload
LOA Letter of AuthorityThis letter confirms that UPG have been engaged to advise and act on a members behalf in sourcing energy quotations. This is a data protection requirement of Energy Suppliers. Members should note that contracts or binding documentation between the member and energy supplier will continue to require the approval and signature of an authorised representative of the member institution. YesDownload
Supply Information TemplateCan be used when compiling the Energy Supply information needed to facilitate an energy supply quotation YesDownload

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Contract Manager

The contracting authority for this framework is Crescent Purchasing Consortium.

Peter McMullan

  • Name: Peter McMullan
  • Tel: 0161 974 0950
  • Email: P.McMullan@thecpc.ac.uk
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