The developing world is an obvious place for microgrids, but increasingly it looks like they should be a consideration closer to home. There are of course many benefits that a microgrid can bring to European and US businesses, but with increasingly savage and erratic weather, on both sides of the Atlantic, resilience has to be a critical factor. What business can operate for long without power? Certainly not ours. The business cases for energy storage and renewables keep mounting, just as costs keep decreasing. Our campus would be be a great example, but it's hard enough trying to get some EV points installed at present (come on CBRE). Maybe this winter will provide further examples of the need to be at least partially grid independent for many businesses.
Centrica has warned that UK businesses are at an increased risk of power-related failures that could endanger employees and profit margins. In Centrica’s new ‘Resilience Report’, the firm looked to measure the business impact of energy-related failures. It surveyed more than 300 businesses in various industries across the UK and Ireland in order to obtain a “true picture” of the challenges posed by a “lack of energy continuity”. The survey was launched for Centrica to better understand the steps businesses are taking to address their energy security, uncovering what it considered to be a “poor state” of energy resilience in the UK today.