Natural Gas for Schools

The Office of Government Procurement (OGP), following consultations with the Department of Education and Skills and the School Procurement Unit (SPU), held a mini-competition to supply natural gas to schools for a three year period commencing, 1 April 2018 until 31st March 2021. Following a successful tendering process the OGP awarded the new contract to SSE Airtricity.

It is important to be aware that if your school is outside of the OGP bundle, or is not already covered under a formal fixed-term contract with one of the Natural Gas Supply companies, then it is probable that your school is being charged at a ‘default’ rate, which will be higher than the rate you could be achieving within the OGP bundle.  If you wish to add your school to the OGP bundle for natural gas, please see below.

 

1. If you are not tied to a contract and free to leave that company without incurring an early exit fee you are invited to complete the online registration  available  here/íoslódáil anseo. Together with this registration , please include a scanned copy of both sides of a recent Gas bill. The OGP will subsequently send you an offer of a contract detailing the tariff rates on offer 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 e mail address supplied in the contract documentation as soon as possible. If you sign up to this contract and unless we are advised otherwise, your school will be automatically included in the next contract due to commence in April 2021.

2. If you are currently in a contract with another Natural Gas provider, including SSE Airtricity themselves under your own previous arrangement, you are entitled to find out from your provider for how long you are tied to that arrangement and what, if any, of any early exit charge. To determine what the rates are for your school as part of the OGP schools contract and to enable you complete a comparison exercise, please complete the online registration entitled Natural Gas Data  available online  here/or íoslódáil anseo. Together with this registration, please include a scanned copy of both sides of a recent Gas bill.  The OGP will then subsequently send you an offer of a contract detailing the tariff rates on offer 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 e mail address supplied in the contract documentation, as soon as possible. If you sign up to this contract and unless we are advised otherwise, your school will be automatically included in the next contract due to commence in April 2021.

If  you do not wish to take up this contract offer for the school sector at this time, please inform the SPU at procurementsupport@spu.ie, stating your reasons why. This will enable us to maintain an accurate log of what schools are in contract elsewhere and avoid having to communicate repeat reminders. If you currently are in contract and wish to move to the OGP bundle at a later stage, please inform the SPU of the contract expiry date and the SPU will make contact again nearer the time.

 For any questions or points of clarification on the above process I would encourage you to contact the SPU team at procurementsupport@spu.ie

 

Note : If  it is a new School or new School building without GPRN, please provide copy of the Gas Network Agreement.