Energy suppliers – 18020

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A request for information about energy suppliers – 18020

 

Ref: FOI/18022

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 24th January 2018.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

Who, in your organisation, is responsible for deciding how your energy is bought?  Please provide the full name, title, email address and telephone number.

Reply

With regards for the contact details of the key person, WMFS operates a single point of contact policy and via HQ Reception on (0121) 380 6067. The call will be directed to the person(s) responsibility for the specific service.

There is a direct email address for suppliers making sales enquires email: procurement.enquires@wmfs.net  and for Energy Management queries please contact facilities.management@wmfs.net

Furthermore, guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office is as follows:

  • The presumption is in favour of protecting privacy, so the release of personal information will only be fair if there is a genuine reason to disclose. This involves a three-stage test. A public authority will generally have to satisfy itself that:
  • There is a legitimate interest in disclosure;
  • The legitimate interest can only be met, or fully met, by the disclosure of information which identifies individuals (i.e. the disclosure is necessary to that purpose); and, the disclosure would not involve unwarranted detriment to the individual’s privacy or other rights and legitimate interests.

You can find out more about FOI exemptions from the Information Commissioner’s Office. This will explain which one or more of the FOI exemptions applies, and tell you how to appeal if you disagree with our decision.

Request

For each of these commodities – electricity, gas and water – please can you answer the following questions:

What is your current contract term – start date (DD/MM/YYYY) to end date (DD/MM/YYYY)?

Reply

We can access the framework for NHH elec RM3791(British Gas) at any point while it is live from 31/7/17 (ends 31/7/20, HH Elec RM1075(EDF) started 27/3/15 and runs to 26/03/19. Gas RM1076 (Corona) started 27/4/15 and runs until 26/4/19.

We have authority approval to purchase from the frameworks from October 2017 for 24 months, the CCS frameworks renew and we remain with them and have an option to terminate.

Below is the link to CCS it is considered good practice by local government to use this framework as they bulk buy, central Government are mandated to use it.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/buying-energy-options-for-public-sector-buyers

Request

Do you have any options to extend?  If so, what are they?

Reply

As above

Request

What is your termination notice period?

Reply

6 Months

Request

Who is your supplier?

Reply

Corona

EDF

British Gas

N Power

Eon

South Staff Water

Severn Trent Water

Request

How many meters do you have?

Reply

Gas  – 48 meters

Electric – 48 meters

Water – 48 Meters

Request

What is your annual spend?

Reply

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Information concerning our annual spend can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link:

https://www.wmfs.net/your-fire-service/openness/documents/

Please choose transparency report.

Request

What is your consumption?

Reply

Annual energy consumptions.

Gas – 8,587,878

Electricity – 4,641,002.40

Request

Do you currently procure your energy through a framework/PBO (Public Buying Organisation)? If so, which one?

Reply

We procure our energy through Crown Commercial Services (CCS) buy natural gas, electricity and other utilities for our customers is all about managing and reducing the associated risk, by developing legally compliant framework agreements. CCS agreements are in line with the findings of the Pan Government Energy Project, which recommends that all public sector organisations adopt aggregated, flexible and risk-managed energy procurement. CCS takes the delegated authority to purchase gas and electricity on behalf of central government and wider public sector organisations, creating an aggregated committed volume to take to the wholesale market.

Below is the link to CCS it is considered good practice by local government to use this framework as they bulk buy, central Government are mandated to use it.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/buying-energy-options-for-public-sector-buyers

Request

Do you use a consultancy to facilitate your energy procurement?  If so, who?

Reply

No

Request

Are you happy with your supplier?

Reply

Yes

Request

Are you happy with your PBO?

Reply

Yes

Request

Are you happy with your consultancy?

Reply

N/A

Request

What do you think makes a good Supplier?

Reply

One that offers excellent customer service and engagement throughout the contract, also electronic invoicing and portals to ease contract management

Request

What do you think makes a good PBO?

Reply

One that can spread the risk and buy in stages according to demand and weather, also regular updates and engagement.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision please write to The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

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