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EDF awarded contract to supply Scotland’s public sector bodies with 100% renewable energy following a competitive tendering process

By EDF | Posted June 14, 2012



  • Scotland’s local authorities, hospitals, schools, and many of its world renowned universities, that together account for 10% of Scotland’s electricity use, to be powered by EDF Energy
  • Renewable electricity supply and access to energy efficiency and sustainability expertise from EDF will help these organisations meet their environmental targets


EDF will supply almost all public sector bodies in Scotland with 100% renewable electricity after being awarded Scotland’s largest electricity supply contract by annual volume.


The framework agreement will see EDF supply an annual volume of around 2.7 TWh of electricity for three years to over 99% of Scotland’s public sector demand, across local authorities, hospitals, schools, most universities and Scottish Government buildings.


Over 27,000 sites included in the deal account for roughly 10% of Scotland’s annual electricity consumption, or the equivalent of powering over 800,000 typical households each year. The contract will begin on April 1, 2013.


The framework agreement is the outcome of a tender process run by Scottish Procurement, an agency within the Scottish Government, which aims to deliver greater value for money in public spending across Scotland.


The procurement process scored the companies bidding for the contract on a range of factors, which included flexibility of procurement, cost, service delivery and sustainability. It reported that EDF provided the most economically advantageous tender through a combination of all of these factors - notably its leading flexible purchasing product offering, management fees and a commitment to high quality service delivery and account management.


To help Scottish public sector bodies further reduce their energy costs and work towards their environmental targets, EDF can also provide energy efficiency related goods and services to member organisations via the framework.


Vincent de Rivaz, CEO of EDF, said:


“As a large employer in Scotland, we are proud the Scottish Government has placed its trust in us to supply power and energy efficiency advice to public services that millions of people depend on every day.


“EDF will be powering a vast range of public buildings across Scotland, including the renowned University of Glasgow and University of Edinburgh, entirely with low carbon electricity from renewable sources.


“Last year, the Government Procurement Service for England and Wales awarded the UK’s largest ever electricity supply contract by annual volume to EDF following a successful tender process.

“EDF Energy now supplies electricity and energy related additional goods, works and services to the NHS, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice, Metropolitan Police, London Underground, the Highways Agency and other bodies across central and local government as part of the four-year deal.


“Our excellent track record servicing thousands of public sector sites in England and Wales provides confidence that we will deliver a high quality service to our new customers from across the Scottish public sector.”




Renewable electricity supply


EDF will match every unit of electricity supplied to public bodies purchasing their electricity through the Scottish Procurement framework with power generated from renewable generation assets.

As the matching of the electricity supply is from existing generation sources, there is no effect on the UK’s overall carbon footprint. The member organisations will continue to follow UK Government guidance and report its carbon emissions from main power on the basis of grid average carbon intensity.


Scotland’s electricity consumption


Electricity sales in Scotland totalled 27.011 TWh in 2009, as reported by the Department of Energy and Climate on page 126 of the 2011 Digest of UK Energy Statistics:


Tender process



  • In December 2011, Scottish Procurement published an invitation to tender for the supply of electricity.
  • The invitation to tender was for a three-year deal covering a portfolio of customers with an annual electricity consumption of about 2.7TWh.
  • Both parties believe this to be the largest electricity supply contract in Scotland.
  • In January 2012, EDF submitted a binding tender response to Scottish Procurement.
  • Within the response, EDF demonstrated capabilities including flexible purchasing, third party sourcing and export arrangements, access to varying market indices, first class customer service and the ability to provide energy services.
  • On 22 May 2012, EDF received notification that Scottish Procurement intended to award the contract to EDF.
  • On 13 June 2012 EDF and Scottish Procurement signed the framework agreement.
  • This will enable Scottish Procurement to start forward purchasing the electricity requirements of the member organisations within the framework agreement.


EDF in Scotland



  • EDF employs more than 1,300 people in Scotland, plus significant numbers of contractors and people across the supply chain.
  • We have over 115,000 electricity and gas customers across the country. We are committed to growing our customer base, and to helping customers improve their energy efficiency.
  • We support training and education, research and development. In 2012, 14 of the 68 places on our four year apprentice scheme are based in Scotland. We support research and development at Scottish Universities, both through our relationships with Strathclyde University and University of Edinburgh and with other universities through our involvement in the Energy Technologies Institute, a public / private partnership. Over 1000 Scottish schools are registered with The Pod, an interactive website which provides practical support, activities and materials to teachers.
  • EDF owns and operates two nuclear power stations in Scotland: Hunterston B and Torness have a total capacity of 2GW, enough to power over 2.5 million homes, or over a third of Scotland’s needs.
  • We have a number of onshore windfarms in operation or under development in Scotland, with a total planned capacity of more than 846MW.
  • We make safety our number one priority