Gadsby was well aware that manufacturers can be prone to continue to draw their power from the national grid, choosing the path of least resistance and occasionally shopping around energy providers to get lower bills.
“In a climate where the cost of energy is not the most significant factor in your business, people just tend to accept it,” he explained. “Historically, that’s what it’s been – ‘can I get much of a margin on that, or am I taking a risk? So, I’ll stick with the status quo, I’ll pay what I need to pay and I’ll receive my energy through the grid’.”
While he admitted that some businesses have been forward thinking and have installed onsite renewables, he argued that they were very few and far between.
‘No direct benefit’
“The ones that did it at an early stage did it to benefit from the feed in tariff, where they were exporting to the grid rather than utilising it, they were just housing a renewable energy project rather than getting direct benefit – other than some revenue,” Gadsby added.
Of course, the energy crisis has stimulated the thought processes of food and drink businesses that are now asking ‘what can I do differently?’. This was making a lot more businesses sit up and think about the merits of onsite generation, Gadsby continued.
He went on to discuss the ‘risk-free’ nature of the onsite energy generation model offered by Ylem, which keeps businesses connected to the gird to serve as a backup if the system doesn’t pan out as expected.