Ecotricity evolves its green energy strategy

Moving into the gas marketplace with help from IBM Global Business Services

Published on 21 Sep 2010

I am genuinely impressed with the SAP for Gas project led by IBM: it’s a fabulous piece of work, fantastically executed and it puts us in a really exciting place. It marks the evolution of Ecotricity from a green electricity company into a green energy company: we will look back on this as a really big step in days to come.

Dale Vince, the founder of Ecotricity

Customer
Ecotricity

Industry
Energy and Utilities

Deployment country
United Kingdom

Partner
SAP

Overview

Ecotricity's mission is to change the way energy is produced by investing in clean and renewable forms of power. Its 175 employees have been building wind turbines and selling green electricity to customers across the UK since 1996; it now operates 15 wind parks, with six currently under construction and 12 more planned. When this building program is complete, Ecotricity’s turbines are expected to generate enough electricity to power 159,000 homes, and save 279,000 tons of CO2 per year.

Business need
Building on its success as the UK’s leading renewable electricity supplier, Ecotricity saw an opportunity to become the first company to supply renewable, sustainable gas to UK customers. Meeting the challenges of the gas marketplace would require the development of new business processes and IT solutions.

Solution
IBM Global Business Services worked with Ecotricity to extend the company’s SAP ERP landscape by introducing the SAP for Gas solution. IBM completed the implementation in just five months – ahead of schedule and within budget.

Benefits
Entering the gas marketplace has transformed Ecotricity into a true renewable energy company, and has enabled a 12.5 percent increase in its customer-base so far. Outsourcing SAP support to IBM India has reduced IT costs by 25 percent, even though the environment has grown significantly.

Components

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Services
IBM-SAP Alliance, IBM Global Business Services

Solution
Energy Efficiency, Enterprise Resource Planning

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