French energy and services giant Engie is targeting councils, museums and corporate offices as it seeks to capitalise on changing customer energy needs to expand its business in the UK. Wilfrid Petrie, Engie’s UK chief executive, said the energy industry was undergoing a “revolution” in which optimising and reducing gas and electricity usage was becoming more valuable than actually supplying it. Engie has a relatively low profile in the UK but is among the 10 biggest business energy firms, supplying 17,000 industrial and commercial sites as well as offering energy saving and management functions. Its services business – offering conventional facilities management functions such as catering, cleaning and technical support – operates in 14,000 UK sites. Councils will be among the key targets for Engie’s new integrated strategy, as it currently supplies or manages energy for only about half of the 15 local authorities with which it has other kinds of services contract. Engie has recently signed a deal with Wakefield council that will see it introduce energy saving systems such as lighting controls across 500 council buildings and 100 schools, as well as providing them with conventional services.
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