CPC’s Utilities and Supplies Framework now recommended by DfE

Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) are pleased to announce that the Utilities and Supplies Framework is now recommended by the DfE.

The CPC framework is the supportive, easy to use and compliant route for education providers to procure electricity and gas. The framework provider, Dukefield Energy, undertake all the work involved in Utilities contracting on behalf of education institutions.

The Department for Education (DfE) select frameworks following a review by their Schools Commercial Team. The criteria the team assess frameworks on includes compliance with procurement regulations, ease of use, suitability, and value for money. Feedback from schools also forms part of the consideration process.

Dukefield Energy have provided full contract savings of over £1.2 million for schools & academies CPC members over the last 3 years. Dukefield Energy consistently receive positive feedback from customers for the guidance and support provided throughout the procurement process.  

Crescent Purchasing Consortium’s Managing Director Peter Brewer said: “We are delighted that DfE recognise the value this framework brings to the education sector. Since the framework’s inception, the number of institutions procuring their energy via this route has significantly grown year-on-year. We believe that as well as the cost savings and added value services provided by Dukefield Energy, the hand-holding approach has helped foster this growth. The highly skilled team responsible for managing the framework and the contracts have excellent knowledge that enables them to make the procurement journey simple regardless of the customer’s knowledge level.”

Dukefield Energy are a full-service energy consultancy, comprehensive support services are available at no additional cost including energy efficiency advice, bill validation and energy management. All energy quotations are provided free of charge on a no-obligation basis with renewable energy options available as standard.

James Clancy, Dukefield Energy Director of Procurement added: “We’re optimistic that this recommendation will open up even more opportunities for us to help the education sector with their energy requirements. We pride ourselves on our transparent approach, there are no hidden terms and conditions in our contracts and we develop long term relationships with our customers, based on this trust. We also work with a number of education providers on their energy management to help them meet their sustainability objectives. Whether it is a primary school, or a multi-academy trust, the team tailor the approach to offer a bespoke solution.”

For more information you can visit the framework page on the CPC website:

Or contact Dukefield Energy:, 0345 4022 461.