Seeing new possibilities
The energy landscape is in a state of flux – moving rapidly through a period of decentralisation towards localised energy sources. As the focus on sustainability increases and new technologies like electric vehicles put even more pressure on the existing energy infrastructure, businesses are looking for alternative sources of power – sources that are more affordable, more flexible and more environmentally sound.
Driven by industrial-scale digitisation, advances in energy technology are now in a position to provide the solution - distributed energy.
Cost-efficient and easy to integrate, distributed energy is enabling businesses to take greater control of their own power supply. It’s also making the ‘cleaner, greener’ energy sources that businesses – and their customers – demand more accessible. Businesses are starting to discover the wide-ranging benefits of transforming from energy customers into energy creators through alternative energy generation.
Distributed energy is the on-site generation, storage and delivery of power for businesses of every size.
By utilising a variety of different technologies to analyse, generate, store and even sell power, businesses can improve operational efficiency by lowering energy costs and carbon emissions, and strengthen their business resilience by controlling their own energy sources – giving them the flexibility to react quickly to any changes in market or environmental conditions.
There are four main reasons why businesses need to be more proactive about energy management:
Distributed energy is an opportunity for businesses to become more future-proof. It will significantly lower energy bills in the short term and give you more flexibility and responsiveness in the long term.
The benefits of distributed energy are many and far reaching:
In this new energy landscape, businesses can now turn their energy use from a running cost into a value-generating asset that drives efficiency, powers growth and helps to deliver a real competitive advantage.
Energy insights solutions, based on Internet of Things (IoT) technology, let you see exactly how your business uses energy – giving you the energy intelligence you need to choose the most effective solutions for your business. Power-creation and renewable energies like photovoltaic (solar), combined heat and power cogeneration (CHP) and battery storage are more affordable now than they’ve ever been, making them an increasingly cost-efficient way for businesses to take control of energy.
Combine these with the ability to sell the surplus power onto the grid through demand management solutions such as Demand Side Response (DSR), and the energy market is no longer a one-way street.
You should be exploring distributed energy generation if your business:
We offer distributed energy solutions that help businesses optimise their energy efficiency, strengthen their resilience
and also create opportunities for additional revenue.
Reduce energy spend and enhance business resilience with on-site generation of heat, cooling and power.
Generate revenue by reducing your energy use at peak times with intelligent technology that helps you balance supply and demand and manage consumption.
Enhance operational performance, lower costs, and reduce down-time with actionable, real-time energy intelligence.
Find more information on distributed energy, including how it's already powering businesses.
Our research introduces the unique concept of energy leaders. These are businesses who are ahead of…
edie's latest 'explains' report provides an introduction to Battery Storage. In this piece Ian…
Centrica Business Solutions is a strategic energy partner for businesses who want to drive results from energy investments. We help organisations take advantage of the changing energy landscape by building intelligent, end-to-end energy strategies and solutions across design, manufacture, financing, installation and maintenance to help you power performance, resilience and business ambition.
Our portfolio of future-facing distributed energy solutions and deep industry knowledge has been enhanced by our acquisition of market leading specialists in distributed energy solutions, including ENER-G Cogen International, Panoramic Power and REstore.
***Green Tech Media