The global and Australian energy market continues to present challenges for businesses who are trying to protect themselves from dramatic cost increases and bring some long-term reliability and protection from market volatility.
In the last month we have had almost a dozen councils contact LGP to see if they could join our latest 100% Renewable Energy tender process, after initially deciding a different direction. We are finding many councils have their provider under those alternate energy arrangements, no longer able to meet the committed contract price.
Stability and reliability is what the LGP energy contracts have always offered NSW councils. For those councils who have reached out because their energy arrangement has fallen over, we are in the process of finding a way to bring them in. If there are other councils who don’t have confidence in their current or forward energy supply, I encourage you to speak to your Business Development Manager quickly to make sure your energy volume is included in our tender process.
On this topic, Wednesday (3rd August) is our Sydney Procurement Network Meeting, we will have Tim Nelson, Executive General Manager – Energy Markets at Iberdrola, LGP’s 100% Renewable Energy Contract partner. Formerly AGL’s Chief Economist, those attending will hear Tim explain how the global energy market is performing, its impact on the domestic market and how it will impact councils over the next few years.
To the LGP Network Meetings, we will have over 100 council attendees, from more than 40 different councils at the Sydney Procurement and Engineering events. We appreciate our councils support and having these events so strongly supported.
We are back out in the region soon, with Network Meetings in Grafton (18/8), Lake Macquarie (1/9) and Griffith (15/9).
The LGP Annual Conference “2030 – How will you Measure Up” is on the 18th and 19th October at Doltone House, Pyrmont Island, Darling Harbour. The early bird deal closes on Friday 19th August, our engineers can attend for free, if they have a full fee-paying council colleague. As something new, our Platinum Sponsor Boral are co-ordinating a special asphalt site visit for attending engineers.
Finally, leading the social procurement discussion in NSW local government, LGP is launching our latest offering, a new training program on how to meet the ISO20400 Sustainable Procurement Guidelines. Our first session is being held on Monday 5th September.