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To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department switched its (a) gas or (b) electricity supplier in any of the last 10 years.
The Department for Education was formed in May 2010 and uses the Government Procurement Service's (formerly Buying Solutions) framework agreement for its energy supplies. It has not switched its gas or electricity supplier during this period.
The Government Procurement Service's framework agreement delivers pan-Government energy supplies through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) competitive tender process. The utility contracts are typically four years in duration with the option to extend by one year.
The Department is in the first year of a four-year agreement, with the option to extend for a further year.
The Department uses E.ON for its electricity supplies for its property in Histon. The energy provision for this site is currently being transferred to the Government Procurement Service's framework agreement.
Since its formation the Department has achieved significant reductions in its energy consumption. Between May 2010-11 and 2011-12 these reductions were 7% in electricity and 32% in gas consumption.