In July, the Crown Commercial Service named energy company Centrica as a supplier within its demand side response (DSR) framework, which financially incentivises customers to reduce or shift their electricity use at peak times.

Energy supplier Centrica wants to provide demand side response services, which could help save the public sector significant sums every year

In the three-year framework agreement, Centrica is one of six suppliers of demand side response services. Hospitals and other large energy users participate via these suppliers, adapting their electricity consumption for payments, to support grid stability.

Under the DSR framework, Centrica’s distributed energy and power business will develop strategies for optimising assets for buyers to generate savings and efficiencies by limiting the use of non-essential equipment at peak periods, using back-up generation to produce their power, and selling it back to the grid when it’s not needed.

Ian Hopkins, distributed energy sales director at Centrica says: “We’ve been working with a number of hospitals on major programmes to overhaul their energy assets so we’re delighted to be included on this framework agreement, which will allow users to take their energy management to the next level.”

The Crown Commercial Service supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services.

Government bodies and departments that will be able to use the framework agreement include the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice, Department for Work and Pensions, Transport for London, NHS England and Scottish Procurement, among others.

Under the framework, public procurement of demand side response energy has been made fast and simple. Rather than holding procurement exercises, government and public-sector organisations simply need to identify their requirements, present them to those in the framework and award a contract to the supplier that provides best value.