The Arts Basket is a dedicated energy procurement and compliance service for Britain’s theatres and arts venues.
Originally set up in 2012, by the Royal Opera House, Royal National Theatre and Royal Albert Hall, the growing consortium of theatres and arts venues uses its collective buying power to access green, renewable energy deals at the lowest possible cost. Almost twenty of Britain’s most popular arts venues are now benefiting.
On average, Beond has helped the Arts Basket members to reduce energy costs by an initial 3.5% and enjoyed further savings avoiding increases in the wholesale market. Members have the opportunity to reduce energy costs further through efficiency and technology services.
Working in partnership with The Arts Basket consortium, Beond has launched a series of energy forums focusing squarely on the energy challenges facing UK arts institutions today.
“Energy challenges in the arts are unique,” explains Beond. “Until recently, meeting the needs of this sector has primarily been about securing the best price utility deals for members. Now, things are changing due to the ever-increasing importance of sustainability.
“In 2017 Shakespeare’s Globe chose the Arts Basket electricity contract because we calculated a 4% saving versus our own standalone purchasing and we were also able to secure renewable electricity. In 2018 we saw a further substantial benefit from the Arts Basket’s long term purchasing strategy.”
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The Arts Basket is recruiting new members with energy contracts renewing in 2020, 2021 and 2022. The latest offering is:
In January 2020 the Arts Basket contact offered a regional arts centre electricity for £110,000 per annum, a £10,000 per annum saving versus their own energy broker.