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What is energy resilience?

Energy resilience is about ensuring a business has a reliable, regular supply of energy and contingency measures in place in the event of a power failure.

The latest in the ‘Edie Explains’ series is dedicated to Energy Resilience.  Causes of resilience issues include power surges, weather, natural disasters, accidents and equipment failure.  Human operational error can also be an issue and should be factored into resilience planning.

There is also a national-level issue at play.  While historically the UK is accustomed to stable electricity supplies and relatively stable energy prices, resilience is moving up the agenda as the energy landscape undergoes a radical transformation; from a world of large centralised coal plants, to a world of small-scale gas-fired production and renewables.

The challenges that the growth of renewables brings to the grid in terms of intermittency, means that transmission and distribution costs are set to consume an increasing proportion of bills.

Ensuring your business is energy resilient, helps insulate against price increases or fluctuations in supply, becoming critical to maintaining operations.

For sectors like manufacturing, any issue surrounding unstable or even failing energy supplies will affect production, making resilience business-critical.  Resilience affects businesses across all sectors and sizes – consider for example the effect of having no power in a hospital.

The first step to being energy resilient involves identifying and assessing the risks. The next steps involve building in resilience where possible.  This can be done by reducing reliance on the grid, generating on-site own power (full time or as a back-up) and putting a plan in place, should the worst happen.

Find out more about Energy Resilience and what it could do for your business on the Edie Blog