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As the nation enters the first phase of returning to work, two landmark projects - Hinkley Point C and Thames Tideway - have brought staff back to sites with guidance on how to operate under social distancing rules.
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The Covid-19 outbreak offers a unique opportunity for the sector to reappraise supply chain robustness, address the resilience of excessively leveraged balance sheets and prompt a discussion around the true value of essential workers, says Arenko’s James Mills
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We introduce a new series celebrating the tireless work carried out across the utilities sector to ensure the lights stay on and the water and gas keeps flowing during lockdown. As well as highlighting individuals and teams going above and beyond their day-to-day roles we will be examining how companies are adapting to new responsibilities and taking the initiative to extend support – both operational and financial - where it is needed most.
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Even before the coronavirus, understanding which of their customers would come under the broad umbrella of “vulnerable” was a key challenge for utilities companies. Here data specialist Mike Fox looks at ways companies can use their own data to search out difficult-to-identify vulnerabilities.
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In our latest industry appointment round-up Bulb poaches another EasyJet executive to bolster its senior team, while Octopus Energy has appointed a chief executive to launch its German division. Meanwhile, the Offshore Wind Industry Council has announced the appointment of a new co-chair.
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An initiative has been launched to deliver hourly certificates to verify exactly where consumers’ energy comes from, helping them to understand their carbon emissions in real time. EnergyTag is made up of more than 60 companies including Ovo Energy, Microsoft and Google. Its council and advisory board are working together to define a set of guidelines that will form the basis of a market for energy certificates with a timestamp of one hour or less.
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EDF is seeking commercial partners to help develop two projects aimed at demonstrating the potential to use waste heat from nuclear generation to improve the efficiency of hydrogen production and the direct capture of carbon dioxide from atmosphere.  It hopes the pilots will prove the case for the construction of permanent large-scale facilities connected to its proposed Sizewell C nuclear plant in Suffolk, which would together form a new low-carbon energy hub.
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Despite the rise of implementing innovation into business as usual, street works are still being carried out with the risk of prominent challenges. This has led to the recent rise in robotics within the construction industry, as implementing autonomous solutions can improve performance, enhance safety and efficiency among many other benefits.
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Asset-heavy utilities are equipping their remote workers with the technology, skills and support to transform their operational efficiency. Denise Chevin reports.
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Eight energy networks have joined forces to ask the innovation community for their help in shaping the future. The aim is to avoid multiple approaches and provide a single platform for innovators to feed into business plans.
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Smart meters could be used to monitor energy usage patterns to help the most vulnerable continue to live safely in their homes, a new study has found. Smart Energy GB’s Smart Future of Healthcare report, which was conducted by independent thinktank 2020health, found smart meters could be used to monitor consumer behaviour for signs of deviation, which may indicate there is a problem.
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Severn Trent will be taking on 500 young people over the next year under the government's social mobility scheme, to offer six-month skills and training job placements for 16-24 year olds facing long-term unemployment.
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The government is planning to raise the threshold for mutualisation under the renewables obligation (RO) after a review deemed the current arrangements not fit for purpose, Utility Week can reveal. In addition the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) says it is considering changes to the way the mutualisation amount is determined in England and Wales in order to lessen its impact on suppliers.
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How has the pandemic catalysed change in field worker experience and field force management? Utility Week explores the experiences and ambitions of energy and water industry leaders in this new report.
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