In energy terms, the UK and the rest of Europe is still facing deep uncertainty regards to price and supply.
This unsettling scenario is as a result of major current geopolitical events, a rebound from the economic slowdown created by COVID-19, and the long-term decision of many European countries to reduce their dependency on fossil fuels, while slowly transitioning to renewable energy sources.
While it’s true to say that each country within Europe has a unique profile in terms of reliance across the energy-mix, and different levels of energy supply resilience, the region is in a precarious position, where it cannot guarantee sufficient levels of energy to power itself. Bloomberg Europe recently reported that power outages are ‘the next threat for the continent’. Even as we move out of winter and into the warmer months, businesses still need to be sure of supply and cost.
The UK’s National Grid is talking about ‘three-hour power cuts ’, while Norway is ‘set to curb its electricity exports’ . So, with already stretched energy supplies and such uncertainty in the energy sector, it’s no wonder our region is bracing itself for volatility.
What does this mean for businesses that rely on IT resilience – for safety, comfort and business continuity to keep IT environments running? The impact of power outages is not to be understated, with power fluctuations resulting from an unstable power grid capable of causing disruption and even damage to office computing devices, and critical IT applications within small and large businesses.
A full power outage could cause disruption to critical smart home functionality for example, as well as
severely hamper critical IT applications that businesses rely on in their daily operations. Simply put, power quality and availability ensures comfort and safety for homes, and business continuity for businesses of all sizes.
What’s the solution?
Implementing an uninterruptable power supply strategy can underpin your business operations and give your customers, staff and shareholders the confidence of business uptime. Schneider Electric is a leading UPS manufacturer that gives IT professionals access to a broad portfolio of UPS solutions all designed to protect critical IT appliances and data in homes and across businesses. Customers can also benefit from Schneider’s Green Premium™ certification guarantee, meaning complete compliance, transparency and higher environmental performance.
Here’s a short introduction into how you can ensure clean, efficient power at all times, improve productivity and resilience, and pay less for your power.