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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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The long-standing discipline of asset management is undergoing transformation in the utilities sector as the forces of decarbonisation and decentralisation make themselves felt, alongside rising regulatory expectations for service and operational efficiency. But do companies feel they have the asset information and understanding they need to underpin the shift? Utility Week explores the challenge in a new report.
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The government's target to reduce the costs of heat pumps by 25-50% by 2025 is unlikely to be met, Delta-EE has predicted. Responding to the recently published Heat and Buildings Strategy, the consultancy projected that the total costs of installation could be reduced by up 40% over a ten-year period in an optimistic scenario.
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Digital transformation and collaboration will be two of the key drivers for the utilities sector if it is to achieve its potential as an enabler of the net-zero journey. But how do we break down silos, upgrade analogue skills for a digital age and convince customers that their data is safe with utilities? A new report by Utility Week, in association with Amazon Web Services, seeks answers to these timely questions.
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Will the introduction of market-wide half-hourly settlement unlock energy service innovation for the mass market? And are suppliers ready to support the nimble settlement processes it requires?
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Getting consumers to engage with net zero is going to require big changes to service strategies. But are utilities clear on what those changes should look like for a diverse spectrum of customers?
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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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The Heat and Buildings Strategy has finally emerged, alongside a slew of other green policies. In this free-to-download report for the heat market, Utility Week examines the key pledges and timescales enshrined in this much-anticipated blueprint.
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The UK energy industry has been going through one of the most tumultuous periods since privatisation. Shocking energy price rises compounded by a not-fit-for-purpose price cap, has forced 12 retail suppliers out of business in 2021 impacting more than 2.2 million households. Even the regulator Ofgem has said its time for a review.
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Atkins has been appointed to work Ordnance Survey to build the National Underground Asset Register to map pipes and cables as a way to reduce utility strikes. The concept was developed as part of Northumbrian’s Innovation Festival and has been trialled in the northeast of England and London.
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Anglian Water is ahead of industry peers in seeking to tackle the tricky area of capital carbon. Setting up robust carbon models and integrating these into asset intervention decision making as well as design processes has been key to progress as attendees at a recent UW Innovate webinar learned.
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A major new report on how utilities are fighting climate change.
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Severn Trent led a bid in the Ofwat Breakthrough Challenge to rollout monitoring equipment to wastewater treatment plants to better understand the scale and distribution of greenhouse gases emitted through treatment processes. Despite not being successful, the company is charging ahead with its own monitoring including using drones to measure methane and find opportunities for optimisation
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