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Anglian Water has won a host of awards over the past few years, including Utility of the Year at Utility Week’s 2018 Awards. Here’s why it won our coveted accolade.
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How can the sector promote trust, fairness and legitimacy at the same time as tackling the urgent transformations linked to the net-zero journey and technological advances? A panel including Ofwat’s Jonson Cox, Lord Deben, Northern Powergrid CEO Phil Jones and Michael Lewis of Eon, gave their view as part of the New Deal for Utilities debate
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Energy suppliers are concerned about the rising use of auto switching services. So what steps can they take to combat or compete with their appeal to consumers? This was the focus of discussion at a recent Utility Week roundtable.
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The Utility Week Awards are returning to London’s Grosvenor Hotel this December. See a full list of categories and find out how to enter here.
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The UK water utilities industry is under greater stress than at any other time in its history. It’s not just about external forces such as changes in usage trends and climate change as well as scarcity and unpredictability of supply. It’s also partly because most of our water infrastructure was designed and built in the Victorian era, if not earlier (the world’s first city-level water transfer project, completed in 1613, remains one of London’s main water resources). And of course we cannot forget the huge drive towards digital transformation.
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Utility Week’s Future Networks Conference was a forum for lively debate on topics from the tenets of net zero-friendly regulation to how networks should support local decarbonisation pathways and what responsibilities that have for stirring up public endorsement of the transition.
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From urging companies to fire up consumers about energy, to more efforts to open up data, strong messages emerged in the virtual think-tank convened by Utility Week with Microsoft and Accenture on accelerating the transition to net zero. Denise Chevin chaired.
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As governments, economies and industries are challenged with meeting Net Zero by 2050, the UK water industry has gone a step further and pledged its own deadline of 2030. In doing so, it has set a standard against which other industries should be measured. Such impressive targets won't be met without innovation, work, and a healthy dash of legislation though, as ABB's Rich Gee explains.
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The UK water industry has unveiled its plan to deliver a Net Zero supply for customers by 2030, a full two decades before the government's target of 2050. The sector deserves immense credit for setting such an ambitious target, which is the world's first sector-wide commitment of its kind. Getting there will not be easy, but as ABB's Clayton Mead explains, embracing the quick wins now can help to lay the foundations for success in longer term goals.
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The host of the UK's most popular radio show will be revealing the winners of the prestigious Utility Week Awards at next month's virtual awards.
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