Deloitte reSources 2012 Study - Insights into Emerging Trends of Energy Customers
Over the past year, the U.S. energy marketplace has been influenced by three macro forces: entrenched resourcefulness built over the course of the recession, low natural gas prices, and mild weather patterns. This combination has created a distinctly unique environment for the business and consumer sectors that is important to understand in order to guide future planning and investment decisions.
Businesses have been laser-focused on cost savings and reductions in energy usage, and there is no indication that these goals or practices will be changing any time soon. While energy has been a priority among many American businesses for only a short period of time, their successes in energy management have been particularly impressive and have only served to strengthen their appetites for future gains in consumption efficiencies and increased control through self-generation. In addition, businesses continue to view renewable energy as a fundamental building block in a long-term successful energy management strategy. For businesses, this appears to be a pure market change that will not likely be lost with an improving economy, where one might ordinarily expect energy demand to return to previous patterns of usage.