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Case Study - The Two Counties Trust

Case Study - The Two Counties Trust

The Two Counties Trust utilise Electricity (191) and Gas (192) within their schools

The requirement

The Two Counties Trust was founded in 2016 with three schools - Ashfield School, Selston High School and Swanwick Hall School – and has grown to nine secondary schools across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. They pride themselves on shared values and their mission is to enhance the life choices of all the students they serve.

They have a large portfolio of both gas and electric meters, previously contracted with multiple suppliers. With a mix of direct supply and brokered supply agreements, varying contract end dates and limited management information, the Trust found that it was becoming increasingly difficult to manage the portfolio effectively.

They wanted to partner with an expert in energy procurement that could provide a one-stop solution to all of their energy needs and have the capacity to support them in areas such as strategy development, compliant procurement, phased migration, bill validation, meter operator services and much more. Overall, they wanted to find a Public Buying Organisation who could support with all aspects of utility procurement, that act as expert source of advice and guidance in rapidly changing market conditions, which is why ESPO was the perfect fit.

The phased migration of the numerous gas and electricity accounts to a single, compliant solution via ESPO came with many benefits, including ease of contract management, assistance with dispute resolution and simplification of billing processes incl. VAT and CCL query management.

The solution

Having worked with ESPO previously, employees of The Two Counties Trust felt that it was the obvious choice for Energy procurement due to the familiar commercial links and a close geographical fit. They felt that the team were very approachable and that they could work together to achieve the best commercial outcome.

By using ESPO’s Energy frameworks, the Trust has utilised the following features:

  • Centralised portal access for management and individual schools
  • Support in meter transfer and management
  •  Service team on hand
  • Experienced supplier account manager for ease of query handling

The results

The ESPO Energy Team has supported the Trust in a number of key areas including:

  • Access to the team for the latest energy market news and info
  • Site sand meters identification / portfolio mgt
  • Transparent fees, so it is clear what each school is being charges
  • ESPO provide data for the SECR
  • Complete control and visibility of portfolio
  • Controlled costs
  • Below market average prices