Flexible purchasing of energy involves aggregating all our customer requirements and then purchasing varying quantities of energy from the market on multiple opportunities. This limits the risk associated with energy buying.

YPO buys all volume in advance of supply, and then averages the cost of all these purchases to provide your academy and school with a competitive fixed price for that year.

In a volatile market, traditional fixed price contracts require customers to risk tying their energy needs to one purchasing decision. This means the customer will not benefit if energy prices decrease.

Flexible purchasing enables the team to manage the risks posed by rising markets, while still offering customers the budget certainty of a fixed price each year. The energy team has access to daily price tracking and Reuters screens to support purchasing decisions behind your academy and school's energy supply.

"Thousands of academies and schools are already benefiting from the offering and support available from YPO"

What is available?

Electricity (296)

Contract periods:
  • 01 November 2010 - 31 March 2015
  • 01 April 2015 - 31 March 2019

Customers can join at any point during the life of the 4 year framework. The resulting contract will be until the end of that framework.

Academies and schools can join at any point during the contract period.

This framework is a fully compliant, nationally available solution for the supply of electricity, essential for the day to day running for all and academies and schools (single and multi-trust). YPO purchases electricity for in excess of 20,000 meter points, which allows us to aggregate demand and deliver a flexible purchasing approach.

Supply of Mains Gas (317)

Contract period: 01 June 2013 - 31 March 2017

Academies and schools can join at any point during the contract period.

This framework is a fully compliant, nationally available solution for the supply of mains gas, essential for heating, cooking, teaching purposes in all academies and schools (single and multi-trust). YPO purchases gas for in excess of 7,000 meter points, which allows us to aggregate demand and deliver a flexible purchasing approach.

Other energy contracts available to academies and schools include:

Microgeneration Technologies (250)

Supplying biomass boilers, solar PV, air and ground source heat pumps, wind turbines.

Biomass (315)

Supplying in wood chip and pellet form.

Liquid Fuel (301)

Including heating oils.

About YPO

YPO is the UK's largest public sector buying organisation and has been providing services to the education market for 40 years. We offer a range of over 100 service contracts and 27,000 products to cater for all academy and schools procurement requirements including energy. As an academy or school, you will want to provide an excellent environment for teaching and learning, as well as making informed decisions about your academy's or school's running costs. Negotiating energy contracts can be time consuming and complex, which is why government guidance recommends using a professional buying organisation such as YPO. Working in partnership with Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC), our specialist market knowledge and expertise in energy procurement will deliver the following benefits to your academy and school:

  • Fully compliant contracts for electricity and gas.
  • A fully managed service.
  • Various billing options to suit your academy or school's exact requirements.
  • Online portals to view invoices and consumption. Accurate billing.
  • Budget and price forecasting tools.
  • Dedicated customer relationship management team at British Gas and npower.
  • AMR meters available upon request.

Get in touch with YPO:

Beverley Upcraft

Adam Throup

Richard Hudson
Email: energy@ypo.co.uk
Phone: 01924 821 798
www.ypo.co.uk

Top 10 Energy Saving Tips for Academies and Schools

  1. Switch off lights when leaving a room. Use posters to remind colleagues and pupils.
  2. Remember to turn off all computers, including monitors and printers when not in use.
  3. Use the Encompass energy management tool to see where you are wasting electricity.
  4. Only heat buildings and rooms that are being used.
  5. Keep areas near radiators and vents free from furniture to promote better circulation of heat around classrooms.
  6. Adjust your timers - Check the settings to ensure that the heating only comes on near the start of the day. If staff and pupils are not arriving on site until 7.30am, does your central heating need to turn on at 5.00am?
  7. Check electrical items are off at the plug and not just on standby.
  8. Did you know a really expensive time for a business to use electricity is between the period of 4pm and 7pm, as there is a high demand to use electricity networks? Try moving meetings or cleaning services to the start of a school day to avoid this peak charge period.
  9. Turn down the temperature of water on your boiler to save energy. Will colleagues and pupils notice a decrease of 1 degree celcius?
  10. Make full use of daylight - ensure windows and skylights are cleaned and blinds opened at the start of each day.