Energy demands are set to increase in the future and this could have a very real impact on businesses and their operations, with 33 per cent of companies in the UK already saying that they have experienced power outages in the last 12 months.
Research from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) shows that 27 per cent of businesses expect that their reliance on electricity will increase in the coming years – which suggests that more support is required to help them move towards clean energy and improve their energy efficiency in the future.
Director-general of the BCC Dr Adam Marshall commented on the findings, saying: “Access to affordable and reliable energy is critical for businesses. It’s unacceptable that many companies are facing power cuts and interruption to supply, which can damage machinery and leave employees unable to do their jobs. Reliance on electricity is set to increase across the economy as we move away from fossil fuel use.”
He went on to add that the government, industry, regulators and electricity providers alike have to now collaborate to drive improvements in generation and supply, keeping in mind the goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions.
Back in August, blackouts were seen in London, Newcastle and other parts of the country during rush hour on a Friday, with power lost to trains, traffic light outages and loss of lighting overall causing chaos.
The National Grid claimed at the time that the failure was down to a big drop in the frequency, causing it to go below the Grid’s safety limit.
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