The Utility of the Future campaign is a year-long content series from Utility Week and its sister titles, Network, Engerati and Water and Waste Water Treatment. It is designed to generate confidence and excitement about the destination that widespread change in the sector is driving towards and to curate the best intelligence, demonstrations and thought leadership about this shift available in the market .
The utilities sector was heading for a skills shortage even before the challenge of meeting net zero emerged. In the first part of this report, EU Skills’ Nick Ellins sets out the scale of the problem – and in the following pages we suggest some solutions.
Network operators need to make big changes to transition to ‘DSOs’ if we are to meet decarbonisation targets. But how much progress are they actually making? In the latest of our Utility of the Future series, Elaine Knutt investigates.
As part of our Utility of the Future series, Utility Week explores how the sector can use renewable generation and technology to create a modernised energy grid. Keen to forge a new path, energy providers are experimenting with a range of new business models, products and services that redefine their relationship with customers and how they pay for their energy.
Water companies have ambitious plans to reach net zero carbon by 2030, ahead of commitments made by other industries, but how will the strategy work, what changes to technology and infrastructure are required and who will foot the bill? Stephen Cousins reports.
For the next instalment of our Regulation pillar, we asked our Utility of the Future Advisory Board how they would recast the regulatory framework to help achieve net zero and ensure a good deal for consumers in the energy retail sector of the future.
Ofwat has asked water companies to cut leakage by 17 per cent by 2025 and UKWIR wants zero leaks by 2050. Can the Netherlands, with its 5 per cent rate of leakage, offer any pointers on how this can be achieved?
Extinction Rebellion has attracted criticism for its "unrealistic" target of hitting net-zero emissions by 2025. However, as one of its members tells Greg Jones, the group's role is to ensure against complacency and push for any acceleration of the timeline. He also stresses that citizen's assemblies will move matters faster than politicians ever will.