In the last 12 months (as at Oct 2005) gas prices have risen nationally by approximately 70-90% and electricity by some 20-30% (Source 'Supply Management' Oct, 2005.). According to PAE spend analysis Essex Councils spent approximately £18 million in the last financial year on electricity and gas and this figure could rise to £25 million if increases continue at the same rate.
Between April and July 2005 the PAE commissioned leading energy consultants John Hall & Associates to benchmark their existing energy management operation.
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This work enabled the PAE to analyse their current spend and differing procurement approaches with a view to:
While the report has been produced specifically for the PAE members, SPS and the PAE believe that its findings and recommendations are relevant and useful for all local authorities. Please contact the PAE director, Peter Quinn for more information.