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National Grid’s chief strategy officer Ben Wilson talks to Utility Week about the company’s “pivot towards electricity”, while stressing that hydrogen will have a “significant role” to play in the net zero journey. He also reflects on the potential for an interconnected North Sea grid and the lessons from his time spent running the gas network in Australia.
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Thames Water’s head of innovation, Jon Regan, sheds light on the advances in technology and collaboration during his quarter century in the utilities sector, and a 400-year-old source of inspiration.
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Northumbrian Water’s innovation partnerships manager Clive Surman-Wells reflects on changing career from IT to innovation, and the importance of finding the ‘passionate person’ when facing up to industry challenges.
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DevicePilot CEO, Pilgrim Beart, reflects on founding and selling the platform which would eventually form British Gas’ Hive brand, what utilities can learn from Silicon Valley, and the value of ‘co-opetition’.
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Utility Week speaks to Labour peer and chair of the House of Lord Industry and Regulators Committee, Lord Hollick, about the committee’s report following its inquiry into Ofgem and net zero, which has criticised the government’s reliance on current bill-payers to fund the transition to the energy system of the future.
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Ahead of Utility Week WWT’s Smart Water 2022 Conference, Jeremy Heath, SES Water’s innovation manager and leakage programme lead at UKWIR, discusses the parallels between the medical sector and water companies, and innovation’s ‘incredible’ pace.
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Utility Week speaks to Zoisa North-Bond, chief executive of Octopus Energy Generation, about their new ‘Fan Club’ which is offering cut-price electricity to local communities hosting their wind turbines whenever they are spinning. She says the company already has a pipeline of “over a thousand towns and villages” asking them to come and build wind turbines and solar panels in their area.
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Having spearheaded Affinity Water’s recent digital engagement partnership with AI firm Webio as a contracted transformation lead, Rob Upton-Moir – Skewb’s head of developer services – shares his thoughts on the importance of working cross-company, cross-utility, and cross-sector to drive innovation, and the ‘Amazon effect’.
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Utility Week speaks to Conservative MP, John Penrose, about the current energy crisis facing the UK and how increased competition in the sector could help to take some of the politics out of energy. He explains why the relative price cap he has long espoused could enable this competition between suppliers, whilst also protecting the many consumers who are unwilling to shop around.
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Ahead of the launch of Spring’s first innovation challenge, consultant executive lead, Carly Perry, discusses striking a balance between strategy and serendipity in collaboration and lessons in continuous learning from the tech sector.
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