“Exploring the design of policies to increase efficiency of electricity use within the industrial and commercial sectors”,dated in November 2012, had to build an evidence base on a system of incentives to stimulate efficiency solutions in the ESCO business environment.
That happens because the Department of Energy and Climate Change pushes the project Electricity Demand Reduction, EDR. This project aims to ensure the effectiveness of efficiency measures and that potential energy and cost savings are actually realised.
The researchers interviewed end users and ESCOs. Opinions revealed that there´s not unanimity about the best payback period, but, on the other hand, there´s consensus about two key points in this business model: