Parishes invited to plug into the energy basket

For the first time in 2013, parishes can pool their energy spend and buy electricity and gas in bulk.

For the first time in 2013, parishes can pool their energy spend and buy electricity and gas in bulk. Supermarkets, hospitals and national and local government purchase in this way to take advantage of their economies of scale. Now parishes, cathedrals, diocesan offices and church schools can access prices based on our combined electricity and gas spends resulting in significant savings across the Church of England - releasing financial resource for mission and ministry.

Over the last year hundreds of parishes have made savings by using the Parish Buying consultants. Other parishes have used brokers or are still with their original energy supplier. However you have been buying your energy, buying in bulk through the basket will offer cheaper pricing than the best possible price a parish could obtain for their own energy consumption. Prices are expected to be at least 10% lower than the best price a broker could offer.

The energy basket is operated by the Church’s National Procurement Officers using professional consultants to ensure high levels of service and competitive prices. It also seeks to provide a long term solution - you should not need to worry again about if you are getting the best deal.

This basket deal is available to Church of England organisations that have energy contracts ending before September 30th 2015. There is a limited window of opportunity to join the basket (sign up required before 15th June 2013).  Even if you are already using the Parish Buying service for your gas or electricity you will still need to sign up to join the energy basket and take advantage of this second phase of savings.

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To find out more see the Energy Basket pdf, visit the CofE Energy Basket page

email energy@parishbuying.org.uk   
or call the

Parish Buying team
0800 368 0887