Elec­tric­ity con­tract will save $74,818

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

We’ve gone to mar­ket for four or five quotes. The cur­rent re­tailer, Synergy, was not suc­cess­ful. We’ve de­cided to go to Perth En­ergy. Dale Stewart

Shire of Nar­ro­gin coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously passed a pro­cure­ment of con­testable elec­tric­ity, a two-year elec­tric­ity con­tract, sav­ing the shire an es­ti­mated $74,818.

From Septem­ber 1, Perth En­ergy will sup­ply the Shire of Nar­ro­gin’s ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing, Nar­ro­gin Car­a­van Park and the Nar­ro­gin Re­gional Leisure Cen­tre.

Synergy pre­vi­ously held the con­tract, which cost the shire ap­prox­i­mately $173,000 in 2016-17 and $192,000 in 2017-18.

The mo­tion passed coun­cil 8-0 dur­ing the last meet­ing on Au­gust 22, al­low­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Dale Stewart to fi­nalise the pro­posed con­tract.

“We’ve gone to mar­ket for four or five quotes,” he said.

“The cur­rent re­tailer Synergy, was not suc­cess­ful.

“We’ve de­cided to go to Perth En­ergy.”

In the Shire meet­ing’s min­utes it is stated that the con­tract “of­fers greater pos­i­tives with an ac­cept­able level of risk”, com­pared to other sup­pli­ers con­sid­ered.

Be­cause of con­testable en­ergy laws in WA, con­sumers un­der a 50MWh a year thresh­old must pur­chase their en­ergy needs through Synergy.

The three Nar­ro­gin lo­ca­tions un­der a sin­gle con­tract ex­ceeded that thresh­old, con­sum­ing 708MWh of power in 2017-18 alone.

It av­er­aged 615MWh of power over the pre­vi­ous two-year pe­riod.

Since the in­cep­tion of the WALGA en­ergy con­tract, lo­cal gov­ern­ments across WA have con­tracted $30 mil­lion worth of an­nual con­testable en­ergy sup­ply to the mar­ket.

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