The National Autistic Society

Being a charity, The National Autistic Society are always looking at ways to ensure that the funds raised are used most effectively in support of the children and carers, rather than lost in unnecessary overheads.

The National Autistic Society

“Initially, I was sceptical, but had assurances from Eric and Steve that if they could not find any savings the fee for NAS would be zero. As I thought we'd done a very good job in the past, we had nothing to lose. We were extremely pleased at the level of detail they went into and the savings they produced. We have now asked them to look into other areas of spend to see what they can find there.”

Wendy Turner THE NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY

£94.5k

Gas

£219k

Electricity

Being a charity, The National Autistic Society are always looking at ways to ensure that the funds raised are used most effectively in support of the children and carers, rather than lost in unnecessary overheads. Seeking solutions to this endless dilemma, Head of Procurement Wendy Turner asked Utilitas to review and tender their gas portfolio in November 2008. As in previous years the National Autistic Society received gas prices from a long-standing broker, but after a thorough analysis of consumption and a comprehensive tender to the market, Utilitas were able to present savings of £70,000 over a one year contract.

With electricity up for renewal in December 2009, Wendy was keen to see what Utilitas could produce this time. She was again very pleased at the level of savings. Using a price obtained from the original broker as benchmark, Utilitas were able to save over £21,000. With the renewals of both gas and electricity, the predicted savings for 2010/2011 are around £90,000.

Wendy says: “Initially, I was sceptical, but had assurances from Eric and Steve that if they could not find any savings the fee for NAS would be zero. As I thought we'd done a very good job in the past, we had nothing to lose. We were extremely pleased at the level of detail they went into and the savings they produced. We have now asked them to look into other areas of spend to see what they can find there.”

Utilitas continue to assist the NAS, not only with prices but with data aggregation and integration. With the complexities of the NAS energy portfolio, Utilitas were asked to gather the billing data from any winning supplier and translate that into a format that could be delivered straight to the NAS accounting system. Streamlining included a meter reading schedule, provided to the suppliers to reduce the estimated bills produced. This has saved NAS a tremendous amount of administrative time and headaches. A programmed roll-out of new AMR meters has been initiated, ending the need for the meters to be read at all, and helping NAS adopt energy-savings strategies across all their sites. 

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