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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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Non-household market operator MOSL has called for water companies to include metering for business customers in their water resource management plans and PR24 business plans. A report into improving metering in the sector suggested targets and incentives should be set out in the regulatory framework to ensure business customers are not overlooked in companies’ rollout plans.
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There is a whole world of unknown about to come into the UK Utilities market following the significant price cap increase in April. This isn’t just limited to energy as consumers struggle with household bills across the board. Subsequently, water suppliers have already seen an uptick in customer contact and we expect to see this across the utilities sector in the coming months.
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Utilities know they must remain ever alert to the challenge of ensuring high standards of health and safety with new risks constantly emerging, not least due to developments in other industries and the impact of the pandemic. This report seeks to identify the key challenges and drivers for change and how utilities are responding.
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Scottish Water has partnered with universities across Scotland to form a hydro research and innovation hub to address pressing challenges facing the water sector and communities. Areas of focus will include driving down embedded and process emissions, enhancing the natural world and embracing the circular economy.
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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.
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SES Water has become the first UK water company to create a fully smart water network after adding 700 sensors to its distribution areas as part of efforts to reduce leakage by 15% by 2025.
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The frequency of attempted cyberattacks has increased by five to six times since Russia began amassing troops on the border ahead of its ongoing invasion of Ukraine, one prominent water company has told Utility Week. It said the additional attacks may represent political posturing rather serious threats as many have been traceable to Russian IP addresses rather than decoys.
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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has granted £6.7 million to 24 projects for the first phase of its £68 million Longer Duration Energy Storage Demonstration competition. Five projects have been awarded funding to support actual demonstration projects under stream one, whilst a further 19 projects been allocating funding to support prototype projects under stream two.
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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?
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Driving down operational greenhouse gas emissions from water and wastewater treatment plans is the focus of the first innovation challenge launched by the water sector's centre of excellence, Spring. Ideas that can bring about a reduction in operational emissions as part of the water sector's journey to net zero are being invited until 14 March.
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