By now, most people in the UK will have heard of the potential black outs we face over the next couple of years due to the lack of energy supply. But is there anything we can do to help? Although we can’t miraculously turn the situation around, businesses can certainly do their bit to reduce energy consumption in the UK.
For those who are unaware of the position, traditional energy sources are diminishing at an alarming rate and demand for energy is continuing to rise. Buying from abroad is increasingly difficult and expensive as there is a shrinking worldwide supply and our ability to produce enough energy is in doubt due to a lack of power plants in the UK that comply with European environmental targets. For instance five of our 14 coal-fired stations must close in 2015, with the remaining possibly facing closure by 2020.
It can take three to five years to build a power station so Ofgem fears that we may run out of power in the meantime as we can’t build the plants at the rate we need to.
Parliament is currently addressing our power generation issues through the electricity market reform (EMR) process, which encourages low carbon and renewable energy development with the aim of decarbonising the UK’s energy supply by 2050. With our need to reduce the UK's dependence on carbon fuels, the government hopes at least eight nuclear plants will be under construction by 2015, starting with the recently agreed EDF contract to build the Hinkley Point C plant in Somerset.
So what does the energy supply crisis mean for businesses? It’s fair to say there would be grave consequences if the UK does suffer power cuts. Without energy, businesses would face days of downtime as heavily relied upon telecommunication networks, commercial refrigeration and banking functions etc fail, running water stops and heating becomes impossible. According to estimates, just one hour of interruption would cost businesses between £800 - £8,500.
We believe businesses can definitely do their bit to reduce their energy consumption while the new power plants are being built. All too frequently businesses are not as energy efficient as they could be, which is why we offer an energy review service to find out where it’s being wasted. Once we’ve identified the areas, we discuss how to eradicate the wastage and the costs associated with it with you.
We also recommend businesses invest in ways of generating their own energy sources so they won’t get caught out if the country does lose power. We fit large and small scale commercial solar panel installations so you can have a consistent and constant source of power that doesn’t rely on our national energy reserves. Other than being able to generate your own renewable energy, you’ll also notice a great return on investment because the energy source is essentially free.
Whether or not these national blackouts happen, we all know the UK does suffer occasional power cuts. No matter how long they last, they can have a major impact on your business if you’ve not got a fully working uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system. We know it pays dividends to have a well maintained UPS system, so when the inevitable does happen, you can rest assured that your computer systems and essential services won’t let you down. That’s why we also offer a range of UPS maintenance plans to suit your business’ needs.
If you’re as concerned about the looming blackouts as we are, give us a call today to see how we can help.