This was a surprise in many ways, given the general distrust of energy companies with the public. It is also a big issue for installer businesses in the sector, they need to up their game and find a way to address this trust issue. Also of course there is a big opportunity for the energy companies themselves to change their business models and to follow the lead of companies like ENGIE to move to decentralised and smarter energy solutions and to working more as energy partners and less as vendors or energy suppliers.
A majority of commercial and industrial (C&I) firms in the UK would trust their energy suppliers with the installation of smart and distributed energy systems rather than installers, a new survey has found. Big Four consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) surveyed more than 500 businesses in the UK and found that more than a third of industrial firms – as well as circa 20% of commercial enterprises – intended to invest more than £1 million in smart and distributed energy technologies over the next five years. These systems would include on-site renewables such as solar and wind, biomass boilers, demand side management and energy storage.