Working since 2013, CSUC's electricity purchasing group has inherited the UAB's purchasing group project, and it is now integrated by 32 institutions among universities, scientific and technology parks and research centers. 


  • Universitat de Barcelona
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Universitat de Lleida
  • Universitat de Girona
  • Universitat Rovira i Virgili
  • Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
  • Universitat Ramon Llull
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Parc Científic de Barcelona UB
  • Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona
  • Parc Recerca UAB
  • Parc Científic i Tecnològic Agroalimentari de Lleida
  • Parc Mediterrani de la Tecnologia
  • Fundació UAB
  • Institut Químic de Sarrià URL
  • Institut de Formació Contínua UB
  • Col·legi Major Sant Jordi
  • Col·legis Majors Penyafort — Montserrat — Ramon Llull
  • Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional
  • Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentària
  • Institut de Ciències Fotòniques
  • Centre de Recerca en Agrigenòmica
  • Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació
  • Barcelona Supercomputing Center
  • Consorci de Serveis Universitaris de Catalunya
  • Institut Nacional d'Educació Física de Catalunya
  • Parc Científic i Tecnològic de la Universitat de Girona
  • Universitat de Vic — Universitat Central de Catalunya
  • Vila Universitària UAB
  • Institut de Recerca Biomèdica de Lleida


In additon to trying to get the best price, the collaborative purchase promoted by CSUC aims at sharing knowledge, experience and talent within the purchasing group, shedding light on activities such as: 

- Exchange of best practices to reduce consumption: aggregation of supply points, price optimization, power reduction, etc. 

- Visits to facilities that are a model of sustainability. 

- Exchange of information and calculation tools for a variable billing review. 

- Joint dialogue on the comercialization before and during the execution of contract. 

- Price benchmarks, expenses and participant's consumption. 

- Electricity sector studies and from competition. 

- Collaboration with other large purchasers and managers, both public and private: comparison pricing.

- Follow-up of the electricity market on the decision-making of closing future prices. 


The strength of the purchasing group helps to improve the quality of electric supply as incidents in the provision of this service in certain areas that may be detrimental to training or research take a greater role for the supplier. Indeed, savings are used to finance energy efficiency investments. 


How it works?

CSUC develops Framework Agreements from which annual derivative with auctions are made. This allows high flexibility in choosing the best moment in a highly volatile market of prices that otherwise could be tendered at a time of high prices. 

The purchasing group uses an innovative system in the public sector, the purchase of energy at a variable OMIE price, tendering the commercialization margin and the coefficients of the formula of future closings. For low-power the auction follows a fix price. 

The risk associated to a variable price is managed by following-up the market with very high accuracy. Not being focused on a single moment, as it happens wtih a fixed-price contract, is also one of the key points behind a variable price. The good functioning of this model is supported by the results obtained so far, which are both compared in time and price with other purchasers. 



For further information on this service:

Margarida Martín
Joint Procurement Expert
93 551 6230
margarida [dot] martinatcsuc [dot] cat