Close to 80 per cent of Dublin businesses are worried about potential power outages over the coming months.
A Dublin Chamber survey found most would suffer reduced productivity, a loss of sales and reputational damage if there were cuts to electricity this winter.
The business group believes a “going green” tax credit is needed, along the lines of the R&D tax credit, to help firms tackle the high levels of upfront capital investment and long payback periods required to reduce energy consumption.
Orla Mannion Public Affairs Executive with the Chamber said it's not just concerns around energy supplies that are worrying firms in the capital;
"We're seeing that the labour market continues to trump really everything else. Affordable housing, skills and labour shortages and business costs superseded energy when we were asking businesses to rank them."