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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 energy system is evolving, both in how the system is used and in the expectations of those using it. Moreover, the pace of change is accelerating. Together, these trends are shedding light on the importance of grid reliability.
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United Utilities has beefed up its arsenal of leakage detection technology with 24,000 narrowband internet of things devices to locate leaks in real time as part of the company's £30 million plan to cut leakage by 20 per cent by 2025
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With the clock ticking towards the 2050 deadline for a net zero economy, the energy sector has a mammoth challenge ahead in facilitating the transition. Recently-appointed Energy UK chief executive Emma Pinchbeck tells Utility Week how she wants the sector to better communicate the benefits of the transition to the public, and how the government needs to step up its efforts on the smart meter rollout.
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Meeting the challenges of climate change, over population and PR19 will take innovation and collaboration both within and beyond the water sector. To realise this, a water "centre of excellence" has been conceived and will be launched in the spring.
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What does the CMA's provisional ruling on leakage say about the challenge Ofwat set the water sector to drastically reduce the amount of water lost to leaks?
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Energy UK has urged chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak to make the UK the home of a new global centre for applying artificial intelligence to tackling climate change issues. In its submission to the Treasury’s spending review, seen by Utility Week, the industry body also calls on the government to hold pathfinder auctions this year for both green and blue hydrogen production and to establish a centrally funded “ambitious” domestic energy efficiency and low-carbon heat retrofit programme.
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Can utilities balance the need to inject new intelligence and connectivity into their aging asset base with the risk that doing so will increase cyber vulnerability? Download Utility Week's new report, in association with Fortinet, to find out.
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As networks prepare for a big surge in demand from electric vehicles in the coming years, Utility Week explores SSEN’s controversial proposals to use smart meters to disconnect home chargers and other low-carbon technologies if they are at risk of overloading the local infrastructure.
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