Lynne McDonald, DSO readiness programme manager and local area energy planning manager at UK Power Networks (UKPN), reflects on more than a decade in the utilities sector and outlines her anticipation of greener lifestyles options to surprise and delight customers during the net zero transition.

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National Grid’s head of innovation strategy and digital transformation, Carolina Tortora, reflects on her professional background in rocket science and club promoting alongside a 13-year stint in the utilities sector.
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The recent heatwave is an important reminder of what lies ahead as our climate continues to warm – an increase in the scale and frequency of extreme weather events, which will cause greater strain and impact on our energy systems, the Centre for Net Zero’s Lucy Yu explains.
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Kostas Karachalios, CEO of Perceptual Robotics – a firm which combines artificial intelligence and drone technology to maintain wind turbines – discusses the role of robotics in the proliferation of renewable energy and the importance of data sharing in reaching net zero.
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Rebecca Allison, head of emissions reduction programme at the Net Zero Technology Centre, reflects on her work championing utility sector start-ups, the potential of geothermal power, and the role of cross-sector secondment and work placement exchanges in boosting collaborative innovation.
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Living Lab volunteer homes are most likely to be smart-heated, detached, family households in England using a gas boiler, according to new data released by the Energy Systems Catapult to mark its test environment growing beyond 1,000 UK dwellings.
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Kostas Karachalios, CEO of Perceptual Robotics – a firm which combines artificial intelligence and drone technology to maintain wind turbines – discusses the role of robotics in the proliferation of renewable energy and the importance of data sharing in reaching net zero.
Interviews
Rebecca Allison, head of emissions reduction programme at the Net Zero Technology Centre, reflects on her work championing utility sector start-ups, the potential of geothermal power, and the role of cross-sector secondment and work placement exchanges in boosting collaborative innovation.
Interviews
Kostas Karachalios, CEO of Perceptual Robotics – a firm which combines artificial intelligence and drone technology to maintain wind turbines – discusses the role of robotics in the proliferation of renewable energy and the importance of data sharing in reaching net zero.
Interviews
According to the European Union, sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) free technologies are the energy industry’s future. Here, ABB’s Stephen Gibbs, discusses their rollout and potential contribution to decarbonised distribution networks.
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Companies should be more strategic in looking at charging options for their own electric vehicle (EV) fleets and identify where charging is most likely to take place, a fleet expert has suggested. Matt Dale, head of fleet consulting at property management company Mitie, was speaking at Utility Week Live, sponsored by Capita.
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Living Lab volunteer homes are most likely to be smart-heated, detached, family households in England using a gas boiler, according to new data released by the Energy Systems Catapult to mark its test environment growing beyond 1,000 UK dwellings.
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Hydrogen UK CEO, Clare Jackson, reflects on the trade body’s launch, ‘Jazzy Shirt Mondays’ and the need to move away from ‘silo-ism’ to hit industry targets.
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The fourth industrial revolution, with widespread rollout of the so-called Internet of Things, has been well publicised and long anticipated. There can be little doubt that, with UK utilities and their supply chain partners under increasing pressure to deliver more for less, smart devices that generate actionable insight are a must-have.
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The challenge of scaling up the smart meter roll-out is shared across gas, water and electricity companies. As the panel debate and workshop at the Utility Week Live Summit discussed, smart meters prepare consumers for the changes to come on the net zero journey. But is there are also a case for using the energy sector's new dual band communications network for smart water meters too? Read on to hear more about delegates' views.
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The fourth industrial revolution, with widespread rollout of the so-called Internet of Things, has been well publicised and long anticipated. There can be little doubt that, with UK utilities and their supply chain partners under increasing pressure to deliver more for less, smart devices that generate actionable insight are a must-have.
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Amid clamour for smarter cities and a green industrial revolution, Utility Week Innovate showcases five modern utility projects ensuring the foundations of tomorrow’s smart cities can match the durability and ambition of those laid by Victorians more than a century ago.
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