The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) case study


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The implementation of cost saving green technology has reduced energy spend across Greater Manchester’s public sector bodies by over £500,000 every year. Using Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) approved procurement and by implementing cross organisational communication, AGMA has been able to adopt Voltage Power Optimisaton across 90 sites. By becoming early adopters of VPO technology, many have been able to get ahead of the game in reducing their energy costs and carbon emissions.

Budgetary pressures
Recently, budgetary pressures on the public sector have added an extra challenge. How does the public sector meet environmental legislation whilst at the same time continuing to cut spending?

These challenges may seem to have contrary solutions, however there are technologies which can meet both requirements. VPO is one such technology. It allows organisations to invest in carbon reduction while making significant savings on electricity bills. With average savings of 11 per cent, typical payback will be under four years.

What is clear is that all public organisations are facing the same challenges and it is more important than ever that when novel solutions and best practice are found that they are shared between organisations. AGMA has brought together the key environmental and technical decision makers from across the 10 local authorities and several associated organisations. The group works together towards strategic objectives and shares best practice between member authorities.

Local authorities, the police force and the fire service in Greater Manchester have installed VPO in premises varying from civic centre offices, swimming pools, car parks and golf courses.

“With the help of the powerPerfector personnel and their approved contractors, installations have gone smoothly and without disruption. Voltage Power Optimisation has been a core solution in our Carbon Management Programme and has been fundamental in achieving our annual consumption and CO2 savings targets.”

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