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A start-up incubator has been launched to harness the skills of furloughed workers in the energy sector for low-carbon projects. Spinning Reserve, which has been created by Rosa Stewart, the head of external affairs for SSE Energy – now part of Ovo Group, aims to tackle negative issues of unemployment and seize an opportunity to upskill fledgling net zero projects.
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has announced a new downward flexibility service to help it cope with unusually low electricity demand over the summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ESO said it expects to require up to 3GW of flexibility at a time and call on the service as often as one in every three days between May and August.
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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
Opinion
Utility Week’s community of innovation and technology leaders were asked to summarise the key transformations utilities must achieve within the 2020s in order to sustain relevance and legitimacy in a changing world. Here’s what they said.
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5G is a hot topic in telecoms, but what can it do for utilities that existing technology cannot? And how can utilities exploit the opportunity that 5G brings? Alan Nunn of CGI explains.
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Can utilities marry a drive for innovation in customer service with the need for ruthless efficiency in the way it is delivered? Customer operations and strategy leaders from across the sector shared their views with Utility Week.
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The utilities sector continues to under-value data as an asset in its own right, according to senior executives, who also told Utility Week that greater collaboration was needed to unlock the potential of data in delivering on common goals, most notably decarbonisation.
Analysis
Utility Week speaks to Paul Jewell, DSO development manager for Western Power Distribution (WPD), about its new two-pronged distribution system operator (DSO) strategy that is split between services that could be provided by either itself or a third party and “system enablers” that will be required by both.
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National Grid and SSE have unveiled plans to supply heat networks with waste heat captured from electricity network transformers. They said the innovative solution offers a source of zero-carbon heat when applied to transformers powered by renewable electricity and could save millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide each year if rolled out across National Grid’s 350 transformers.
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Wessex Water has pledged to take a “total carbon” approach to reaching net-zero emissions by 2030, stressing that water companies cannot shy away from tackling difficult-to-decarbonise areas. However, the company stressed that the innovative solutions required to achieve genuine decarbonisation would only be possible with a new approach to investment in the water sector.
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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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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has launched a new project alongside the Smith Institute to develop an innovative approach to forecasting day-ahead reserve requirements. The ESO said its Dynamic Reserve Setting project will help it to better understand uncertainties in its forecasting data and set reserve levels more accurately, limiting the need to keep fossil fuel plant running as backup.
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Anglian has awarded contracts to MottMacDonald to develop its water resource management plans for 2024 and to Aiimi to continue working on its digital and data strategies over the next eight years to help it achieve its AMP7 targets.
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What are the tenets of scaling innovative approaches into business-as-usual operations? CGI’s Rich Hampshire gives his top three tips.
Opinion
Utilities have big ambitions to adapt for net zero, but many lack the fundamental data to enable the transition. This was a key finding from a recent virtual debate hosted by Utility Week and Appian.
Analysis
Industry leaders and supply chain experts discuss the responsible procurement risks which could arise from a net zero investment boom as evidence emerges of poor and unethical labour practices in low carbon supply chains. How can these risks be combated with robust audit and due diligence processes?
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