Posted on Wednesday 24 July 2013 by Ulster Business
Ciaran Og Mussen, Newry & Mourne District Council; Ken McCracken, Power NI; and Leo Strawbridge, Derry City Council
The £6 million contract was secured following an innovative and competitive tender, which saw 20 councils come together to maximise their spending power and secure the best possible deal for each local authority and their local ratepayers. The councils include: Ards Borough Council; Antrim Borough Council; Armagh City and District Council; Ballymoney Borough Council; Banbridge District Council; Belfast City Council; Castlereagh Borough Council; Coleraine Borough Council; Cookstown District Council; Craigavon Borough Council; Derry City Council; Down District Council; Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council; Fermanagh District Council; Larne Borough Council; Limavady Borough Council; Lisburn City Council; Newry and Mourne District Council; North Down Borough Council; and Strabane District Council.
Power NI will supply electricity to 180 sites including sports facilities, council chambers, arts and community centres.
Announcing the contract win, Alan Egner, Commercial Sales and Marketing Manager, Power NI said: "We are delighted to have been awarded this contract following a competitive process. In March last year the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment's Strategic Energy Framework set a target of 40% of all energy used to be secured from renewable sources by 2020. We will be working closely with each council over the next twelve months to help them in their efforts towards this goal and this contract is a great start. As a result of being supplied with 'green energy from renewable sources, the councils will be saving 22,470 tonnes of CO2."
Leo Strawbridge, Derry City Council who managed the joint tender said: "We are delighted to have a renewable energy supplier delivering environmental and economic benefits to the Councils. In coming together to harness our collective purchasing power we have secured a great deal for each of the councils involved and we are ensuring our electricity supply comes from renewable sources which is a real priority for us all."