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Pennon Group has opened up its WaterSharePlus scheme for the second time since 2020 to offer all customers - including those of newly acquired Bristol Water - £20 off their water bill or a share in the company. Utility Week spoke to chief executive Susan Davy and finance director Paul Boote about environmental goals, gearing and the integration of Bristol.
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The Environment Agency has called on regional water resource management groups to align plans with one another where sharing or transferring of resources has been proposed and for groups to work across sectors to better understand future demands on non-public water supplies
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Severn Trent has allocated another £30 million of funding to its Big Difference Scheme, which allows low-income households to reduce their water bills by up to 90%. The company said the extra funding will enable support to be extended to another 100,000 customers who are struggling to pay their bills in the face of the cost of living crisis.
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Ofwat has named David Black as its permanent chief executive after a year in the position in an interim capacity. Black oversaw the PR19 price review, dubbed the toughest the sector has seen, and has been instrumental in tightening financial resilience of water companies.
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Industry experts have called for the prioritisation of work to better understand and remove surface water without it entering overburdened sewers as a key challenge of climate change resilience. The chief executive of Thames and Northumbrian Water agree that the sector needs to work harder, and collaborate further on managing surface water.
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Consumer research shows water companies are increasingly being seen as the primary culprits when it comes to river pollution, yet public awareness of the work they are doing to mitigate these impacts is actually dropping. Ruth Williams asks why the water sector has struggled to make its voice heard.
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Water companies will have to deliver more for less in 2015-20 and even closer partnering will be crucial, say Jason Ryall and Steve Williams.
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Water companies like to claim they embrace innovation but their recently published business plans reveal a sector that for the most part is conservative and resistent to change.
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It’s been a big year for utility companies, and ends with energy taking an unexpected and unwelcome high profile. The Utility Week team takes a look back at some of the highs and lows.
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Ofwat’s proposed retail framework for 2015-20 tries to apply a one-size-fits-all formula to companies with very different circumstances, warns Anthony Legg.
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Even the industry can’t agree how best to bring down energy bills. Karma Ockenden reports the findings of the latest Utility Week/Accent Senior Executive Panel research.
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“The role of information in building a resilient business has become as critical as the physical infrastructure itself”
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There will be many readers glad to bid goodbye to 2013. It’s fair to say it has been a challenging year for the utilities industry, particularly energy, as we reflect on p12-14. But it’s not all been bad. The Utility Week Achievement Awards this week celebrated some of the individuals and teams who have kept the lights on and the taps running, and a big well done to all our finalists and winners, and thank you to our sponsors, judges and everyone who was there on the night. A particular well done to Northumbrian Water, which swept the board with an impressive four awards, including Utility of the Year, setting the standard for other water companies to follow. Congratulations also to our industry champion Basil Scarsella of UKPN.
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