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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A food delivery service in Perthshire has been handed almost £50,000 from the community benefit fund for SSE Renewables’ Griffin and Calliachar windfarms to help provide free meals to over-70s and vulnerable people who are self-isolating in nearby towns and villages. The money - £47,300 to be exact – will also be used to provide protective equipment for volunteers who use their visits as opportunity to check in on older residents and make sure they are okay.
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As part of Utility Week’s Keeping Us Connected campaign, we highlight two UK Power Networks employees who are helping their communities battle coronavirus – through delivery of vital PPE and assisting the St John Ambulance.
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Portsmouth Water's Bob Taylor explains how the company has connected a coronavirus testing centre during and shown the community-centric values at the heart of everyone in the business. He highlights key members of the team who worked around the clock to deliver the project.
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Our Keeping Us Connected campaign is showcasing how the utilities sector is responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Here we take a look at how Scottish Power Energy Networks is supporting some of its most vulnerable customers, as well as keeping young children occupied during lockdown.
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Severn Trent has committed to paying £38 million to its small and medium-sized suppliers to help the businesses stay afloat while non-essential work is on-hold. As well as suppliers the company is assisting customers with bills and donating to community groups on the frontline during the pandemic.
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As part of our celebration of the key role utilities workers are playing in the coronavirus response, we feature an engineer who found time to organise a community appeal while working fulltime on emergency repairs. Meanwhile, two of his colleagues have deferred their retirement to aid the coronavirus response.
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In the first of what we hope will be many nominations from the sector, we celebrate the ingenuity in the face of adversity of two UK Power Networks (UKPN) employees, who developed and rapidly rolled out a way of helping customers cope under lockdown.
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