While not quite at grid parity, installing solar panels for onsite electricity generation has never looked as attractive as it does right now. Organizations pursuing solar solutions – and even those that have dismissed solar energy entirely in the past – may now find a number of incentives that make this renewable much more attractive.
Open government, data, transparency – all are “buzzwords” that have borne the brunt of scrutiny in recent years as taxpayers and beneficiaries seek to dissect public sector spending trends. Now, all have been legitimized as being in the top five priorities for both city and county agencies in 2016 – even ahead of budget and cost control efforts.
There are many business units within an organization that procurement must effectively interact with. Legal counsel, risk management and facilities management come to mind, as well as fleet, public safety and human resources. That said, there may be nothing more important than building a strong bridge with the finance office.
Over the past year, the news has been full of stories about the rapidly declining prices of oil and natural gas; however, those who have already locked in rates for electricity and gas now worry that there is no room to take advantage of these recent dips in prices.
For decades, Ohio primarily procured solid waste removal services directly from the haulers one pick up location at a time. Several hundred individual contracts comprising multiple vendors were needed to get the job done. In 2013, the Ohio Department of Administrative Services recognized that significant opportunities for improvement existed if these services could be managed through a unified effort.