The Marriott hotel group is trialling a scheme that will see its hotels generate revenue by agreeing to reduce their electricity consumption at peak times.

The move follows a recent initiative to install combined heat and power units in multiple sites throughout Europe.

Four of the company’s London hotels will briefly turn off non-essential systems, such as some heating and cooling units, when grid power demand is at peak levels as part of an agreement with demand response company KiWi Power.

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The group said it has already successfully participated in similar initiatives in the US that have helped it reduce CO2 emissions while maintaining the comfort of its guests.

The latest energy saving initiative follows the installation of a number of energy efficiency measures at the company’s European hotels, including smart meters, retrofitting energy efficient LED lighting in more than 70 properties, and the installing of combined heat and power (CHP) and voltage optimisation units in more than 30 properties – with a further 20 set to be fitted as part of an expansion of the programme.

John Conlon, senior director facilities and project management for Marriott International Europe, said: “As similar mechanisms grow here in the UK, the hospitality industry has an exciting opportunity to participate in a programme that generates new risk-free revenue streams for hotels, provides hotel managers with greater insight into energy usage, and actively contributes to companies’ own sustainability goals.”

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