Electricity Supply for Schools

On foot of a successful tendering process, the Office of Government Procurement (OGP), in close consultation with the Department of Education and the School Procurement Unit (SPU), has awarded the new contract for the supply of electricity to schools to Electric Ireland. The new contract, which will run for a period of three years, commences from 1st May 2021 and terminates on 30th April 2024. Electric Ireland will be supplying 100% renewable electricity to all the schools covered under the contract.

It is important to be aware that if your school is outside of the OGP’s school contract and is not already covered under a formal fixed-term contract with one of the suppliers of electricity, then it is probable that your school is being charged at a ‘default’ rate, which will be considerably higher than the rate you could be achieving within the OGP contract. If you wish to add your school to the OGP contract, please follow the instructions below.

You are invited to complete the simple online registration form available here. Together with this registration, please include a scanned copy of both sides of a recent electricity bill. The OGP will subsequently send you an offer of a contract detailing the tariff rates available to you. If you accept the offer of this new contract, please complete the accompanying paperwork with the contract offer and return it to the email address supplied in the contract documentation as soon as possible. Once you sign up to this contract and unless you are advised otherwise, your school will be automatically included in the next contract due to commence in May 2024.

If you wish to join the OGP contract in circumstances where your school is currently in a contract with any of the electricity suppliers, you are entitled to find out from your provider for how much longer you are tied to that contract and what, if any, early exit charge may apply if you decide to migrate to the OGP contract.

If you wish to opt out of any future information updates regarding the OGP contract and future contracts, please inform the SPU at procurementsupport@spu.ie relating your reasons why. This will enable us to maintain an accurate log of what schools are in contract elsewhere thereby ensuring that you are not sent unwanted further information and updates. Any questions or points of clarification required on anything contained above can be forwarded to the SPU team at procurementsupport@spu.ie.

Note: If your application to join the OGP contract is related to a new School build or a new extension – both supplied with new meters – please provide a copy of the ESB Network Agreement with your registration.