UKPN named Utility of the Year

UK Power Networks was a double winner at the Utility Week Awards 2023, including bagging the coveted Utility of the Year title.

The electricity distribution network also took home the Digital Transformation award at Tuesday’s (5 December) ceremony hosted by Sir Lenny Henry.

Electricity Networks Commissioner Nick Winser, whose report on accelerating the rollout of electricity transmission infrastructure has proved influential with government, was named Industry Champion of the Year.

Stantec also took home two awards, for Built Environment Partner and Utility Partner, as did Power NI, picking up the Customer Experience Award while Emma-Jo McColgan won the Rising Star category.

This year’s awards saw a record number of entries across 16 categories (two of which were split between utility and non-utility).

Utility Week editor and chair of the judges James Wallin said: “It is one of the highlights of the year to be able to recognise the fantastic achievements of the teams and individuals working tirelessly to keep the electricity, gas and water flowing around the UK. This year posed a real challenge for our judges, given the quality of entries. I’d like to congratulate all our winners and our finalists and I look forward to seeing how plans have progressed in next year’s applications.”

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Full list of winners

Utility of the Year          

UK Power Networks

Industry Champion       

Nick Winser

Built Environment Partner of the Year   


Carbon Reduction Award

Severn Trent

Collaborative Excellence Award

ENA PCB Strategy Group

Cost of Living Award     

Utilita Energy

Highly commended: Cadent

Customer Experience Award     

Power NI

Digital Transformation Award   

UK Power Networks

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Initiative of the Year          

Cambridge Water, South Staffordshire Plc & The Imperial War Museum

Infrastructure Delivery Award  

South East Water in partnership with DDS Contracting & AtkinsRéalis

Innovation Award         

Anglian Water & the Safe Smart Systems partnership

Net Zero Engagement Award    

ESO, Capgemini & Wipro

Rising Star of the Year – Utility  

Emma-Jo McColgan, Power NI

Rising Star of the Year – Non Utility        

Bradley Worrell, M Group Services

Skills and Diversity Award         

Wales & West Utilities

Team of the Year            

Yorkshire Water

Unlocking Data Award – Utility

Cadent, ULC Technologies & ICS Consulting

Unlocking Data Award – Non utility


Utility Partner of the Year          


To see details of the winning entries and all the finalist see the Utility Week Awards preview.