Flex Awards winners revealed

Octopus Energy and UK Power Networks were among the winners at the inaugural Flex Awards, which were unveiled at Utility Week Live on Tuesday (21 May).

UKPN was named as network of the year, while its director of distribution system operator (DSO), Sotiris Georgiopoulos, is our first flexibility pioneer of the year. Octopus triumphed in the flexibility service provider of the year category while its Kraken platform won best use of energy flexibility data.

The other winners were Dimplex and Centrica for best domestic flexibility proposition, with Piclo and the Electricity System Operator (ESO) pick up the best innovation award.

The Flex Awards, sponsored by National Grid Electricity Distribution, were launched earlier this year with the aim of celebrating the individuals, teams and organisations pioneering energy flexibility. They culminated in a ceremony at the end of the first day of Utility Week Live, which has a dedicated energy flexibility stage for the first time.

Utility Week editor James Wallin said: “Congratulations to all winners for this inaugural Flex Awards. It was a competitive field, hence our awarding of several highly commendeds, and I’d like to recognise the strength of the entries across the board.

“I hope these awards will shine a light on the innovation and dedication at play across the energy flexibility sector and the breadth of participants.

“A big thank you to our judges, our headline partner National Grid Electricity Distribution and category sponsor Thermal Storage UK.”

Full list of winners:

Best domestic flexibility proposition

Dimplex and Centrica – The British Gas Dimplex Quantum tariff

Highly commended: National Grid ESO

Best innovation in energy flexibility

Piclo & ESO – Local Constraint Market

Best use of energy flexibility data

Kraken – Intelligent Octopus / SmartFlex

Energy network of the year

UK Power Networks

Highly commended: National Grid Electricity Distribution

Flexibility pioneer of the year

Sotiris Georgiopoulos – UK Power Networks

Flexibility service provider of the year

Octopus Energy

Highly commended: ev.energy