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Northumbrian's director of corporate affairs Louise Hunter praises the innovation and flexible hard work of the teams that enabled them to transition 500 staff to homeworking while maintaining customer services and answering increased calls about financial support. She also reflects on which of the new ways of working being adopted during lockdown will become the "new normal".
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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks has secured £320,000 of funding from Ofgem’s Network Innovation Allowance to develop a portable charging device for electric vehicles. The 18-month Local Electric Vehicle Energy Loop project will seek to address short term fluctuations in demand, for example, due to increased travel by both tourists and local drivers during warmer months or road works or accidents that prevent access to some charging points.
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Uniper and Siemens have agreed to work together to scale-up the production and utilisation of “green hydrogen” across energy, transport and industry. As part of the cooperation agreement, the long-running partners will explore the potential for existing fossil fuel power stations and storage facilities - both coal and gas in the case of the former – to be converted to operate with hydrogen.
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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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How keen are UK utilities to adopt open data principles and why? An exclusive industry research report sheds light on the sentiment of technology and business leaders across the energy and water sectors.
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Heat pumps will become the principal low-carbon heating technology in new homes, the government has said. The claim is included in the response to a consultation on the Future Homes Standard that will govern new residential development from 2025. It also confirms a ban on the installation of natural gas boilers in new homes from the middle of the decade. The government has come under fire for not pushing for a 2023 phase-out date.
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The first round of Ofwat's innovation competition kicks off today with the Innovation in Water Challenge, inviting ideas and pitches from within and outside the water sector with a chance to win up £250,000 of development funds.
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Incomplete occupancy data can lead to bills being sent to vacant homes or the wrong person and can lead to regulatory fines if a company exceeds its permitted number of void properties. Utility Week talks to Sagacity about actively managing this data.
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The COP26 conference presents an opportunity for the UK water sector to showcase its decarbonisation ambitions to the rest of the world, according to the industry’s trade body. However, Samuel Larsen, Water UK's programme lead on Net Zero 2030 Roadmap, told Utility Week that the sector must be transparent on where and how it uses offsetting to reach its goal.
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Yorkshire is embarking on a trial with advanced materials manufacturer Haydale to upgrade its asset base using a ceramic polymer that will reduce its carbon emissions from capital investment projects by 23 per cent during AMP7.
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Less than one per cent of megaprojects deliver the promised benefits on time and on budget. Download this report from Vision to learn why they go wrong, how you can fix them and why the fix works. The report also explores how these lessons can be applied to all capital projects of scale.
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Jan Ydens, head of product for Kiwi Power, discusses the company’s role in Western Power Distribution’s Flexible Power platform and the importance of simplicity in an increasingly complex energy market.
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When it comes to managing complex supply chains, minimising risk means gathering the right data and then using it properly, say participants in a virtual round table convened by Utility Week and Oracle Construction and Engineering.
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Anglian has funded 850 environmental projects through its Green Bond scheme that was established in 2017. The company has given an overview of what has been achieved through the scheme and what is coming down the track.
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With Ofwat's innovation competition set to launch next month the regulator has given further detail on how intellectual property will be treated, how many entries can be submitted, and more.
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Western Power Distribution (WPD) has launched a new research project to explore the feasibility of providing “on-the-go” wireless electric vehicle charging in the UK. The study, conducted in partnership with Coventry City Council, Coventry University, Toyota and Cenex, will assess the viability of installing inductive charging technology under road surfaces to supply power to vehicles whilst they are in motion.
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