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Crown Commercial Service

Today, more than ever, procurement has a vital role to play in supporting and strengthening our public sector.

As the UK’s biggest public procurement organisation and one of the biggest buyers of gas and electricity in the UK, we’re here to help you maximise every pound, save time and redirect precious resources where they’re needed most.

From specialist energy consultancy and advisory services to low carbon technologies, we’re committed to procuring the services you need to help with your contribution towards Net Zero.

Watch our short film to find out how we bring power to your procurement.

Our traders transact energy in the wholesale market participating alongside the largest participants in the UK market (generators, energy companies, financial players) with no contractual or transactional premiums charged. We transact across all market quoted timeframes (up to four years ahead) to risk manage energy price exposure for the public sector customer base. The price we buy through the market is the price our customers pay for the energy component of their final bill.

We’ve explained how this works alongside your energy product in our Energy Trading video.


CCS employs a robust Risk Management framework to oversee its trading activities undertaken on behalf of customers. The Risk Management framework comprises daily, weekly and monthly assessments of CCS's position of various risk metrics by an experienced risk management team.

On a quarterly basis, these controls (in addition to the trading strategy) are reviewed by a panel of customer representatives supported by an independent market expert with many years of experience in the energy industry. The risk management strategy and governance arrangements are regularly reviewed to ensure they are fit for purpose and first class.

CCS is able to purchase your gas and electricity (half-hourly and non half-hourly) requirements through several purchasing strategies depending on your risk appetite. You are able to choose from:

  • Locked Product (6-22 month purchase window, completed prior to contract start) 100% of the energy requirements will be purchased in the months prior to the start of the delivery period. Your price is known early into the supply period providing budget certainty for the duration.
  • Variable Product (18-42 month purchase windows, both before and during delivery period) This exposes the customer to a longer purchase window in which to both spread risk and take advantage of opportunities in the market. 

Our dedicated team of industry specialists are on hand throughout the procurement process helping you save time, energy and money, so you can put more focus on your organisations’ needs.

Start reducing your energy consumption, carbon and costs with us today.

CCS Framework membership benefits

Crown Commercial Service is delivering value for the nation through outstanding commercial capability and quality customer service. EDF Energy is one of the UK's largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity. Together, we're working to help public sector organisations simplify their energy purchasing, understand the market and save time and money. Find out more