Who We Are
West Mercia Energy, formerly a division within West Mercia Supplies is a Local Purchasing Organisation jointly owned by Shropshire Council, Herefordshire
Council, Telford & Wrekin Council and Worcestershire County
Council. WME reports to a Joint Committee
with representation from the four Owning Authorities and all staff are employees
of Shropshire Council.
Information relating to the Joint Committee meetings can be found here
West Mercia Energy
offers energy procurement and management
on behalf of its four Owning Authorities and a number of other
Local Authorities and outside bodies.
The team provides multi-million pound gas and electricity contracts which are supplied
to approximately 6,000 customer supply points. All bills are received at WME from
the supplier for validation prior to processing and onward charging to the individual
sites. There is a website facility available for customers to provide their own
readings and tailor made energy consumption reports are available for large users
to manage their energy usage.
West Mercia Energy also provides a Site works service for the provision of new energy
supplies which is managed in conjunction with our suppliers.
The Pan Government Energy Project recommended that all public sector organisations
adopt aggregated, flexible, risk managed energy procurement. Flexible buying requires
minimum volumes and these are only accessible by consolidating your volumes into
an existing contract.
WME offer a fully flexible purchasing and risk management strategy. As wholesale
prices increase we progressively lock out volumes to ensure that customers are protected
from significant cost spikes. If, however, the market starts to fall, we selectively
unset our positions ready to repurchase them at lower prices.
We currently procure energy for over 6,000 local authority, public and charitable
sector customers across the UK.
Suppliers are paid centrally via electronic billing systems and invoices are validated
using in-house software before payment.
Why flexible purchasing
Greater control over budgets
Manages your risk over a longer period than fixed
- Opportunity to take advantage of better market prices
- Not forced to take a gamble on agreeing a price on one trading day out of 250
Details of our EU procured contracts are available by clicking here
Our latest annual report can be accessed from here