Ørsted and Milton Abbey agree partnership to optimise school's energy use

Ørsted and Milton Abbey have signed a new long-term agreement for Ørsted to become the school’s Energy as a Service (EaaS) provider.
About Milton Abbey

In a recent ISI inspection, Milton Abbey, a co-educational day and boarding school for ages 13-18 situated midway between Blandford and Dorchester, was judged as being ‘highly successful in achieving its aim to enable each pupil to achieve their academic potential’.

The report also praised the School’s ‘excellent’ teaching provision and highlighted its ‘carefully structured and broad curriculum’. Milton Abbey is proud to offer the broadest range of vocational subjects in the independent sector, alongside GCSEs and A Levels.


Ørsted will take on all energy management on behalf of Milton Abbey, an independent, co-educational day and boarding school in a Capability Brown designed valley in Dorset.

By providing a full, tailored energy solution, Ørsted will help Milton Abbey to use energy in a much smarter way, ultimately reducing consumption and costs.

At the Milton Abbey site, Ørsted will:

  • Take over all management and maintenance of the school’s heating system, including three biomass boilers

  • Optimise performance of the heating system by 35%

  • Manage purchasing of biomass pellets

  • Continually investigate future opportunities for further energy saving and generation on site

  • Provide seminars, classes and Q&As on energy use and consumption for Milton Abbey pupils 

Jeff Whittingham, Managing Director for Ørsted Sales UK, said:

“We have worked extremely closely with Milton Abbey on this long-term partnership to really understand the fantastic site on which the school is based and how energy use can be optimised. We’re delighted to be taking over the school’s energy management.

“For busy, successful organisations such as Milton Abbey, it can often feel like there’s not enough hours in the day to really get to grips with energy use and performance. By stepping in as Energy as a Service provider, we can use our significant expertise to optimise this, leaving the school free to get on with what it does best.
“Working closely with businesses and organisations in this way can help all of us achieve a better, greener energy future.”

Magnus Bashaarat, Headmaster of Milton Abbey, said:

“As a school we are acutely aware of the beautiful surroundings we all enjoy at Milton Abbey and take our responsibilities vis-a-vis protecting the environment extremely seriously. We look forward to working with Ørsted so we can further improve our energy saving across the school site and reduce our carbon footprint.”

Ørsted’s EaaS solution takes account of individual business needs, ambitions and assets to design an approach that achieves financial savings, while reducing carbon footprint. It encompasses a range of techniques, including sustainable sourcing, on-site generation and storage to optimise the customer’s entire energy estate.

The agreement with Milton Abbey is for an 18-year partnership.

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