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.
As part of our Keeping Us Connected series, we profile Wales & West Utilities gas engineer, Dan Brooks. He describes how interaction with the public – a core element of his role – has drastically changed as a result of coronavirus.
Cyber-security and resilience are watchwords for every organisation, but how are utilities approaching the increasing threat and what do they consider the greatest risks of tomorrow? Industry experts gathered for a roundtable to discuss concerns and share best practice.
A roundtable of HR directors hosted by Energy & Utility Skills found that utilities are in good shape when it comes to putting a proper value on people and skills – but there is much work ahead, says Nick Ellins.
Cadent workers will stage a 48 hour walk-out at the end of May in a dispute over pay, the GMB Union has confirmed. Gary Carter, GMB national officer, said Cadent is “out of touch” with its workers and with the cost-of-living crisis.
Well-intended initiatives by energy companies to improve gender equality in the industry are failing to consistently deliver, in part due to unsupportive company cultures, a new report has revealed. The Powerful Women group highlighted multiple issues including the inconsistent quality and accessibility of mentoring and coaching programmes and the reluctance of women to take advantage of flexible working policies for fear of being overlooked for career opportunities.
The merits of sharing data, for everything from net zero to delivering help to vulnerable customers, is clear to the utilities sector. However, there is still no clear pathway to embedding a culture of data sharing and differences of opinion remain on whether a centralised approach to setting standards for data exchange would accelerate or obfuscate this journey. Data and innovation leaders shared their thoughts with Utility Week.
Across the utilities sector, there is a universal commitment to improve diversity and inclusion. But what progress has actually been made and do the pledges to build a more representative workforce really go beyond warm words? This webinar will ask the blunt but necessary question, what is stopping us from making the utilities sector more diverse and inclusive?
Field sales in Great Britain’s energy market were largely suspended a decade ago following mis-selling scandals but does it still have a valuable role to play? This webinar will explore how retailers can deploy a more positive and progressive approach to face-to-face engagement that acts as a catalyst for growth in an uncertain world.
Wind turbines and solar panels are critical to the UK's decarbonisation commitment to reach net zero by 2050. Eventually, the grid will be solely reliant on renewables to power the nation, meaning the sector will bear a huge weight of responsibility.
For National Careers Week, Roisin Quinn, director of customer connections at National Grid Electricity Transmission, talks about how the energy industry can attract the hundreds of thousands of new recruits that will be needed to decarbonise the sector over the coming years and decades.
Flexibility will underpin the future energy system but the power of location is yet to be fully unlocked and realised. Industry experts predict a whole range of business models will emerge around fixing balancing issues locally. But how do network operators ensure they can be facilitators rather than barriers to connecting technology before it connects to the system?
To mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Cordi O’Hara OBE, president of National Grid Ventures, discusses the gender imbalance in the energy sector, steps that can be taken to tackle this, and the importance of diverse mindsets in delivering net zero.
Stephen Fitzpatrick has been asked by an MP whether Ovo is doing “a favour” to employees being offered redundancy after he suggested that now is the “best time in a generation” to look for a new job. The Ovo Group chief executive and founder was grilled on Tuesday (8 February) at the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee’s energy prices hearing about his company’s plans to offer redundancy to up to 2,000 employees.