Invisible Energy and Energy Efficiency

A NEW report reckons that although many UK businesses are saving big through energy efficiency and localized energy generation, it is invisible - no one knows what is being saved.

The new report by the UK’s Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE), titled ‘Invisible Energy’ reveals that the country's improved energy efficiency has avoided the building 14 power stations and that, along with onsite generation,has saved businesses £37.2 billion annually on energy bills.

ADE director Tim Rotheray though said that: “When you tell someone, this hospital here or that building there, they’ve done X or Y in terms of reducing their energy demand, no one knows about it.” Seeing the energy efficiencies and the ensuing savings is a problem, it is invisible.

The report discloses that such measures as on-site generation delivers almost all the energy generated to a business, while the grid system loses about '84% of energy is lost before it reaches the user' due to inefficient infrastructure and equipment. The report also states that reduced energy intensity cut 462 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

Rather stated at the release the report: "Despite these considerable achievements, new energy policy often repeats the same patterns, taking a centralised approach to solving the energy challenge and overlooking the substantial contribution that users and individual actions can make.”

The report delivers figures based on comparing energy intensity per unit of GDP in 1980, and 2012, calculating that energy efficiency efforts have saved 28GW - the same as 14 power stations.

Invisible Energy then uses estimates from the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) that an additional 108TWh of energy efficiency potential is achievable up to 2020 in the industrial, commercial, and public sectors.

Rotheray adds: "With a clear, simple policy approach that values these smaller contributions, demand side services can help consumers do even more to cut waste, improve competitiveness and reduce emissions. By 2020, we could save consumers a further £5.6bn and make the UK a more attractive place to do business." 

Picture: Corby Power Station by Jonathan Billinger reproduced CCL.

Thursday 22nd January 2015

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