Case Study: Goulburn Valley Water

Client:
Goulburn Valley Water

Timeframe:
2013 - present

Service Provided:

More than $1million (AUD) since 2013

Benefits Realised:

  • Re-Procurement savings of around 100K.
  • Tariff / Account savings of around $270k p.a.

Goulburn Valley Water (GVW) provides water and wastewater services across 54 towns, to a population of 125,000. From the outskirts of Melbourne in the south, to the Murray River in the north, their operating area covers approximately 20,000km2. Delivery of these services includes the management of 37 water supply systems and 26 wastewater management facilities.

This creates extensive and complex energy needs accounting for some of their biggest operating costs annually. In order to achieve better efficiencies between their 460 sites, 2,060 invoices, 12 network tariffs, multiple network service providers and retail contracts, the company realised it was necessary to enlist the support of a specialist to implement holistic strategies. More specifically, help them to gain back control, overcome the complexity of the many existing energy contracts, and maintain assets in the most efficient way.

“Throughout the tender process Smart Power competitors didn’t come close. Smart Power were best on price but that’s not actually what won them the contract. The solutions they proposed were clear and the execution and reporting processes were simple and transparent”.

Within 3 months of having Smart Power on board, billing was consolidated, all energy contracts were re-procured (generating savings in the vicinity of $100K), and all connections were monitored and accounts / tarrif checked for accuracy which resulted in immediate savings of around $270k per annum.

Smart Power have saved Goulburn Valley Water around $1million since their initial partnership began in 2013.

“Our partnership with the whole team at Smart Power has grown into a professional friendship. They have become a trusted sounding board. They are always accessible and I can count on them to support me with an informed and detailed understanding of the what is a volatile industry here in Australia.”