Centrica has conducted a study to understand consumer perspectives on onsite energy generation in the US, Canada, Germany, Italy, the UK and Ireland.
The study includes a survey of 1,000 businesses to enable the utility to identify key drivers and barriers to adopting new and distributed energy business models including battery storage and demand-side response.
The results of the study include:
- 80% of businesses believe a quarter of energy needs will be generated onsite by 2025
- 77% of businesses in the UK and Ireland predict this change will take place in just seven years
- 26% of businesses have invested in on-site solar and combined heat and power generation
- 44% of businesses planning to become prosumers identify rewards for shifting energy use during peaks as an opportunity
- 29% of businesses in the UK and Ireland have formalised energy strategies in place.
- 52% have back-up strategies in the event of a power outage.
- Only 16% of businesses have set targets to support the link between sustainable energy use and brand image despite being identified by almost half (49%) as very important.
Alan Barlow, director of UK & Ireland at Centrica Business Solutions, said: "It's a great sign that businesses in the UK and Ireland are really forward thinking when it comes to their energy. Taking control of their energy use is clearly important to them and companies think they'll be on the road to achieve this in a short space of time.
"This is where an energy strategy comes into play. Many of the global challenges facing businesses - emissions targets, risk reduction and increased onsite generation - can be addressed through better energy management.
"But getting an energy strategy right is key to unlocking these benefits, and achieving that ambitious 2025 prediction. Firms need to ensure that the energy challenges they have identified are covered in their strategies and have clearly defined actions, targets and budgets against them."
The research results can be downloaded here...