The role of decentralised energy

In the run up to Decentralised Energy 2014, on 13 May 2014, Claire Poole from Climate Action discusses the role of decentralised energy.

Rising energy prices, security of supply, fuel poverty and the necessity to reduce carbon emissions are among the biggest socio-economic and environmental issues facing the UK today.

Our infographic below sets out some interesting stats which show the current energy infrastructure in the UK isn’t working for a large percentage of the population. Nor is it working for our goals in the global fight against climate change.

  • Current power generation sector contributes 27% of all UK carbon emissions

  • £32 billion a year is spent on heating in the UK

  • In December 2013 Citizen Advice projected the big six suppliers would have increased their prices by 37% since October 2010

  • These rising energy costs mean 3 million UK households were classed as fuel poor

So we have rising energy prices, issues with security of supply, wide reaching fuel poverty and the necessity to reduce carbon emissions. A solution to all of these comes in the form of decentralised community energy, bridging the gap between the big 6 energy providers and individual efforts.

Decentralised energy refers to energy that is generated off the main grid, including micro-renewables, heating and cooling. It can refer to energy from waste plants, combined heat and power, district heating and cooling, as well as geothermal, biomass or solar energy. Schemes can serve a single building or a whole community, even being built out across entire cities.

A small number of leading organisations are looking at how decentralised energy can fit into their sustainable energy strategies. Our case studies show how large corporations in education, hospitality, retail, and healthcare sectors are using and profiting from onsite energy generation. Decentralised energy investment is just one part of a sustainable energy strategy and these case studies demonstrate how businesses investing in long term strategies are seeing measurable business benefits.

Download the free case studies which spotlight industry leaders such as Waitrose, Radisson Blu, University of East London, and University Hospital of South Manchester in their efforts in successfully, reducing, maintaining, and profiting from Decentralised Energy.

Business in the Community is also looking for more examples of businesses taking advantage of decentralised energy investment so please get in touch if your business is one such example.

Want to find out more about decentralised energy opportunities?

Join 200+ attendees on 13th May in London to develop a robust business case for onsite energy generation in the UK and access decision makers from Government, Local Authorities, corporate businesses, financiers, technology providers and more at the 5* Jumeriah Carlton Tower, London.

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