Our second Corporate Associate Member, Total Utilities Management Group, is an independent utility broker which manages utility contracts worth $385 million annually on behalf of business customers such as Zespri & Harvey Norman.

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Most New Zealand businesses – co-ops and mutuals included – can shave at least 20% off their energy costs through smarter energy use (Source: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority).

Total Utilities Management Group (TUMG)’s expertise helps organisations, both large and small, identify opportunities to reduce their utilities consumption as well as getting them the best price per unit used. They also help clients apply for and secure energy saving government grants.

Cooperative Business NZ Chief Executive Craig Presland met TUMG Director, David Spratt, in November 2016.

Craig says he could see big opportunities for Cooperative Business NZ Members by utilising TUMG’s advisory services to help lower electricity, gas, water and waste management costs.

“This organisation meets the criteria of our newly created Corporate Associate Membership category i.e. non – cooperatives which understand and support the co-operative business model and seek to extend their products and services across our Membership base.

“I encourage our Members to contact David if they are seeking independent and expert advice in how to reduce electricity rates as a starting point. This can be achieved through bulk tendering, reducing usage through optimising peak and off-peak demand, considering alternative supply options etc.

“Welcome to TUMG as our 101st Member!” says Craig.

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