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Power resilience for a net zero world

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Retail & Leisure

For consumer-facing businesses, a clear commitment and progress towards net zero targets is an increasingly vital aspect of your public perception. At the same time, mitigating rising energy costs and avoiding power disruption is very important when it comes to providing a high and consistent level of customer service.

Without a reliable power supply, UK retail and leisure businesses may struggle to meet the increased demand that many are experiencing and continue to operate reliably. There are a range of types of power disruptions that can affect businesses in this sector, including blackouts, brownouts, voltage spikes and dips, and fluctuations in power supply. With a growing risk of localised blackouts and other forms of power disruption, it is more important than ever to ensure your productivity, equipment, and operations are not affected by costly downtime.

Similarly, energy costs are expected to continue to trend upwards and wholesale markets will remain volatile. Providing a quality, value-for-money service for customers will be increasingly reliant on mitigating the impact of energy costs.

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Leisure Centres

As part of the public sector, leisure centres have come under pressure to reduce their carbon footprint as the Government urges local authorities to lead by example in the UK’s efforts to reach net zero.


Hotels face complex energy management challenges, with a need to consistently meet the expectations of guests with reliable power, with a competitive industry making them reluctant to pass costs on to those guests directly.

Supermarkets and Mini-Markets

A rise in energy costs can quickly impact on the narrow margins that large retailers operate on, while volatile prices for energy, raw ingredients and finished products can all quickly eat away at profits.

Achieving Resilient Power for your Retail or Leisure Site

Power disruption can severely impact on your brand perception, disrupting the experience of customers and resulting in reputational damage for your business. Power disruption is growing increasingly frequent in the UK, with even relatively minor spikes or dips in voltage potentially resulting in lengthy shutdowns for digital systems. When this includes point of sale terminals or booking systems, this risks significant disruption for customers.

You can protect your site from this by ensuring systems are provided with stable voltage through the use of voltage optimisation technology. By monitoring and conditioning incoming voltage, this technology ensures that changing voltages or frequencies don’t disrupt your equipment while also reducing energy costs through better efficiency.

For larger sites, a battery energy storage system can protect your site in the event that you experience a short disruption, or give enough time for backup generation to be brought online to prevent site downtime. It also helps to bolster your sustainability through better efficiency and maximising on-site generation, while also reducing energy costs.

Achieving Net Zero Emissions in Retail and Leisure

The UK retail sector has committed to achieving net zero by 2040 as the demand for UK retail products is currently responsible for over 200 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. UK Hospitality has committed to a 90% reduction in operational emissions as a sector by 2040.

A battery energy storage system (BESS) can play a key role in delivering this goal. This technology enables you to fully protect your site from potential power disruptions, while simultaneously driving your net zero goals through maximising renewable generation and energy efficiency, and supporting EV charging initiatives.

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Related case studies

MI Dickson

Consumption of this site has decreased by over 8,000 kWh after the Voltage Optimisation installation, despite production volume being increased by almost 10%

Boardwalk Hotel and Casino

The Boardwalk Hotel reduced its Energy Consumption by an impressive 24% & an annual reduction in electricity consumption of 643,103kWh

Supermarket Chain

The client is a major supermarket chain with multiple stores and distribution centres across the UK.

The Design Museum

The Design Museum is reducing energy consumption and generating revenue using a BESS to access grid balancing schemes

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Leisure Centres

The leisure sector was one of those most impacted by the energy crisis, with surging energy prices forcing leisure centres across the country to shut or cut down on services and opening hours.


Supermarkets & Mini-Markets

Energy costs make up a significant amount of the overheads of supermarkets & in total, around 3% of the UK’s total energy demand comes from them so being energy effiecint is vital



Energy costs now represent a growing proportion of the hotel’s overall overheads &were one of the sectors hardest hit by the energy crisis.


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