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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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Do you know what kind of conditions to anticipate this season? Find out with our new 2021-2022 U.K. & Ireland Winter Outlook. See what areas can expect colder temperatures, where more wintry precipitation is likely, and what other parts of Europe will experience.
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A webinar bringing together UKPN’s Suleman Alli, Cadent’s David Moon and National Grid’s Katie Tattersall to explore the ways in which project management and capital delivery teams are responding to huge increases in the scale and speed at which new infrastructure will need to be delivered in the RIIO2 period, all while driving down cost.
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Northern Ireland Water has set out plans to utilise its asset base to help the country transition to a low carbon future. In its Power of Water report released on Wednesday (3 November), the company gave some practical examples of how it could act as a catalyst for change within the wider decarbonisation agenda.
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Technology has opened up exciting new avenues for mission critical communications. However, it is tempting to overlook the challenges of delivering ‘all you can eat’ data any time anywhere with the sort of intelligence needed to join everything up and deliver the benefits of digital transformation. This report from Velocity examines the challenges and looks at possible solutions to bring legacy radio technologies along on the digital journey.
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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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