• More light for less

    A number of agencies have already made significant savings through the Retail Electricity Common Use Arrangement (CUA). This is despite the annual increases to electricity costs.

    Since the CUA went live on 7 May, 23 agencies have made collective savings of $7.2 million (approximately seven per cent per agency). The CUA offers a variety of suppliers and provides agencies with more competition and better pricing.

    Agencies have benefited from the simplified process of the CUA and have been able to seek quotes, award contracts and realise savings effectively.

    As of September, the 23 agencies have initiated new contracts for more than 200 sites such as hospitals, schools, stadiums and government offices.

    Under Venues West’s expiring contract its energy bill was $3.5 million per annum. In contrast, under the CUA, its bill will be $2.9 million, a saving of $0.6 million (or 17 per cent) per year.

    Ballajura Primary School’s savings equates to a significant portion of the salary of an education assistant. In comparison to its expiring contract, their energy bill will be 22 per cent a year less.

    Many agencies on tariffs such as WA Police and the Department of Education are now starting to examine their electricity costs.

    The CUA also offers non-mandatory services that include demand-side management, renewable energy certificates, renewable energy buy-back, and other incidental services directly related to the supply of retail electricity.

    For more information on the CUA please see the Buyers Guide on ContractsWA

    Published date: 22 October 2013