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Addressing Rising Energy Costs with Voltage Regulation

27th October 2021

Many businesses are already painfully aware of the impact of rapidly rising energy costs this winter, as a global gas crisis continues to drive up prices to near-record levels. Lacklustre wind generation has further accelerated demand for gas generation in the UK, exacerbating high prices and supply concerns.

Energy efficiency technologies that can reduce your overall consumption, such as voltage regulation, are offering increasingly compelling ROI as a result and support the transition towards net zero carbon emissions.

The cheapest unit of energy will always be the one that you don’t use. Energy efficiency is becoming more important than ever. At the same time, businesses must continue to balance reducing their energy costs with other power management priorities. The pressure to progress towards the UK’s collective 2050 net-zero target continues to increase, and a recent study found that UK businesses are only on track to deliver around 30% of the carbon reduction required to reach net-zero by 2050.

Wider efforts by the energy sector to decarbonise the UK’s generation mix introduce further difficulties around power resilience. As the amount of renewable generation is added to the grid, the risk of power disruption increases. The UK’s grid infrastructure is ageing and was designed for a central dispatch method.

Now the National Grid faces a complex challenge balancing changing levels of supply and demand, as well as managing incoming power from increasingly distributed generation sources across infrastructure that was never designed for complex ‘push and pull’ energy flows. Inenco has partnered with power infrastructure specialists Powerstar to provide our customers with technology solutions to tackle these growing challenges. Powerstar is a leading manufacturer of both battery energy storage systems and voltage regulation technologies, both products that are seeing rapidly growing demand in the face of rising costs.

By reducing the voltage supplied to your site, voltage regulation can substantially reduce electricity costs, as well as bolstering power resilience and enhance sustainability. Most UK sites receive mains voltage at a higher voltage than the 220V that equipment is designed to run at.

By conditioning and lowering input voltage, voltage regulation not only reduces the amount of electricity a site uses but also eases the damage and need for maintenance that can be caused by overvoltage. This conditioning of power also helps to protect sensitive equipment from minor power disruption events, such as sudden dips or surges in voltage, which would otherwise risk disrupting or damaging sensitive equipment.

By reducing the amount of power that your site consumes, voltage regulation can make a significant contribution to your sustainability efforts.

By reducing your total site consumption, voltage regulation can deliver substantial reductions in your net carbon emissions alongside delivering cost savings.

The current gas crisis is making the existing challenges that all energy end users face more pronounced. The shift towards net-zero has also increased exposure to, and impact from, issues of energy cost, power resilience and the need to reduce emissions.

As a result, the effectiveness and return on investment for energy efficiency technologies that can bolster all three, such as voltage regulation, has steadily increased.

To find out more about how these technology solutions can help to reduce your energy costs, improve power resilience, and reduce carbon emissions, speak to one of our experts on 01253 785294.