Keeping Us Connected

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We introduce a new series celebrating the tireless work carried out across the utilities sector to ensure the lights stay on and the water and gas keeps flowing during lockdown. As well as highlighting individuals and teams going above and beyond their day-to-day roles we will be examining how companies are adapting to new responsibilities and taking the initiative to extend support – both operational and financial - where it is needed most.
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As part of our Keeping Us Connected campaign, Utility Week takes a look at the work British Gas engineers are undertaking on behalf of food banks up and down the UK. In Scotland Scottish Gas engineers have successfully managed to keep a foodbank open by volunteering their time and vehicles to help.
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Energy UK interim chief executive Audrey Gallacher writes for Utility Week about how the sector has risen to the challenges presented by coronavirus. She is backing our Keeping Us Connected campaign as giving recognition “for those whose services go unnoticed in happier times, but have been shown to be indispensable when our country has been put to the test”.
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To mark one year since prime minister Boris Johnson urged those who could to begin working from home, Utility Week presents a series of case studies and first-hand accounts from companies working on the frontline to celebrate some of the great work they have done over the past year. Energy networks, water companies and trade bodies come together to reveal how they have been keeping us connected over the last 12 months.
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Ofwat's chief executive has said that despite some calls for early regulatory adjustments, she currently sees no evidence for immediate intervention. She said eventual adjustments would consider all relevant circumstances and promised the regulator would not “assume the benefit of hindsight when considering a company’s performance during the crisis”.
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To help people in the community worst affected by the coronavirus, Wessex Water has established a foundation to distribute annual grants between local charitable organisations
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The driest May for more than a century coupled with the lockdown has seen a dramatic spike in water usage, with one company reporting a 33 per cent increase on an average month and another comparing the effect to serving an extra 400,000 customers.
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As coronavirus forces increased online interactions between customers and businesses, digital teams have become more important than ever before. As part of our Keeping Us Connected campaign, we look at the work Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is doing to help its customers online.
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Yorkshire Water has maintained its leak detection programme during the coronavirus outbreak after partnering with Invenio Systems to install leakage loggers while manual checks at customer homes were paused.
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United Utilities' customer base includes some of the most deprived parts of the country and these people are now facing ever increasing hardships because of the pandemic. Customer services and people director Louise Beardmore tells Utility Week how empowering staff to help wherever possible has earned the company praise from those it serves.
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As part of our Keeping Us Connected campaign, Utility Week looks at how EDF Energy’s telephony team have been working to ensure the company can continue to help the most vulnerable customers at a time when they need it most. A cloud-based contact centre, which has been rolled out over the past 12 months, has helped to ensure the team can help those most in need during the pandemic.
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Anglian Water’s chief executive and recently appointed co-chair of the Corporate Leaders Group Peter Simpson shares his thoughts on the role of big business in tackling climate change when we emerge from a locked-down world. How we can use what we’ve learnt to ‘build back better’ than before?
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