Barriers to purchasing electricity generated from methane releases in landfills were removed for the public sector because of a deal signed between OGCbuying solutions and British Gas. On July 1, electricity from biomass was made available to schools and councils, and all other similar-sized public sector bodies up to a certain size, at the same price as electricity generated from conventional fossil fuels such as coal.Liverpool, England – July 6, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Previously those seeking to buy renewable electricity were only able to buy it if it was available at the time, and then a premium was added on top. The OGC and British deal will offer the biomass electricity at market costs without a premium. OGCbuying.solutions is the trading arm of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), and was awarded the five-year contract extension in June. Among the services available from the government trader to public sector purchasers are utilities procurement provision, IT products and services, IT-related consultancy, energy, fuel and water services, and specialist procurement packages tailored to specific needs. The government commerce division of energy will manage the sub-100 kW contract. British Gas will be the main service provider for the contracts. Typically a primary school or small district council office, spending up to £12,000 (US $22,121) per year with 100 to 120 users and employees, will now be able to buy electricity from renewable sources through a fast and straightforward, government-approved route. “This deal allows the public sector to buy electricity from renewable sources at highly competitive prices in a fluctuating market. This contract is a good example of how harnessing government’s combined purchasing power can produce real value for money benefits for the taxpayer,” Hugh Barrett, who is the chief executive for OGCbuying.solutions, said.