Utility Week Awards 2023 shortlist revealed

The finalists for the prestigious Utility Week Awards 2023 have been unveiled after a record year for entries.

Our team of independent judges whittled down more than 300 entries across 16 categories, including eight that are brand new for this year.

The winners will be unveiled at a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on 5 December and tables are available to book now.

Utility Week editor and chair of the judges James Wallin said: “It was an honour to go through such a stellar selection of entries for this year’s awards, which showcased dedication and innovation in action across the sector and its supply chain.

“It was particularly pleasing to see companies taking their responsibilities towards both customers and the environment so seriously.

“It was a difficult task to separate out these excellent entries into our shortlist. The teams and individuals whose hard work fuelled these projects should be very proud.

“I look forward to being able to reveal the winners on 5th December alongside our celebrity host.”

Full list of finalists:

Built Environment Partner of the Year Award

D2 – Management and coordination of utility diversions for major projects and new development infrastructure

EA Technology – Road to Net Zero

Kier Natural Resources, Nuclear & Networks – Fibre in water

Stantec – Futureproofing the industry through collaboration and innovation

Urbanomy – Energy masterplanning for the Wellcome Genome Campus

Carbon Reduction Award

Business Stream – Achieving a 50% reduction in carbon footprint

Caledonia Water Alliance – Carbon management initiative

National Grid ESO – Pathfinders

Ovo – Power Move

Scottish Water and WGMB – Circular economy MEICA strategy for utility assets

Severn Trent – Carbon reduction through energy efficient pumping, asset management and chemical reduction

Yorkshire Water – Carbon reduction initiative

Collaborative Excellence Award

Avove, iNPIPE PRODUCTS, Ecofill

Browne and Thames Water

Citizens Advice Plymouth and Utility Warehouse

Eon Next and Kidney Care UK

ENA PCB Strategy Group


National Grid ESO, SP Energy Networks, and TNEI Consultancy

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

Business Stream – Making a Positive difference to the environment and our local communities

Cambridge Water, South Staffordshire Plc and The Imperial War Museum – Ground source heating at IWM Duxford

Affinity Water – Save Our Streams

National Grid – Active Creosote Extraction (ACE) project

So Energy – Contract Beyond the Contract

South West Water – South West Peatland Partnership

Utilita Energy – Football Rebooted

Customer Experience Award

Anglian Water – Delivering outstanding experiences every day for our customers

Cadent – Stannington water ingress – incident response

Octopus Energy – Showcasing the best customer experience and vulnerable customer care

Power NI – Electricity Bill Support Scheme

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks – Driving excellence in customer experience

UK Power Networks – Rivalling the best in UK customer service

Utilita Energy – ‘Customer first’

Cost of Living Award

Anglian Water – Supporting 300,000+ customers through cost of living pressures

Cadent – Centres for Warmth programme

Cadent – Cadent Foundation partnership with Groundworks

Electrcity North West – Be Safe and Save

National Grid – Fuel poverty interventions

United Utilities – Water Without Worry

Utilita Energy – Life with Power

Digital Transformation Award

Affinity Water and JBA Consulting – JBA Spectral Analysis Tool (for pollution detection)

Browne and Thames Water – Revolutionising digitally-enabled delivery

Eon Next – Digital first approach

Power NI – Digitalising the Energy Bill Support Scheme

SSEN Transmission – Digital transformation programme

UK Power Networks – Speeding up low carbon connections

Utilita Energy – Life with Power

Infrastructure Delivery Award

Morrison Water Services & Thames Water – Die draw technique on Seven Sisters Road

Morrison Water Services and Living With Water – Delivering surface water flood resilience on Rosmead Street

Portsmouth Water – The Havant Thicket Reservoir

South East Water with DDS Contracting and AtkinsRéalis – Aylesford storage reservoir restoration

SSE Energy Solutions – Medway Park Leisure Centre

SSEN Transmission – Inveraray-Crossaig overhead electricity transmission line

Tangent & UK Power Networks – A new website to weather any storm

Innovation Award

Anglian Water and the Safe Smart Systems partnership – Creating an automated, connected utility system for future generations

ESO, Capgemini & Wipro – Demand Flexibility Service

National Grid ESO, SP Energy Networks, and TNEI Consultancy – Distributed ReStart

SP Energy Networks – LV Engine

SSEN, ElectraLink, and CrowdCharge – Project Skyline

Utilita Energy – Life with Power

Yorkshire Water with Stantec, Stormharvester, and Technolog – Delivering a smart wastewater network

Net Zero Engagement Award

Energy Networks Association – Open Networks

ESO, Capgemini & Wipro – Demand Flexibility Service

National Grid – Equitable Novel Flexibility Exchange (EQUINOX)

Ovo Energy – Plan Zero

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, Flex Assure and the Centre for Sustainable Energy – HOMEFlex

Utilita and Iceland – Shop Smart, Cook Savvy

Water Plus – Engaging businesses with the carbon emissions linked to water us

Rising Star of the Year Award


Anglian Water – Victoria Gourlay

ESO – Chris Salter

National Gas – Charlie Baird

Power NI – Emma-Jo McColgan

Utilita Energy – Archie Lasseter

Wales & West Utilities – Henry James


Galliford Try – Kai Woodman

LCP Delta – Lucinda Murley

M Group Services – Bradley Worrell

M Group Services – Alistair Nicol

Occutrace – Natalie Martin

RSE – Bronwyn Spence

Skills and Diversity Award

Cadent and Skewb Climate – Gamified employee training for beach to meter gas journey

Electricity North West – Include Me

LoWEG, Morrison Energy Services, Cadent Gas, CMO – London Women in Engineering Group

Utilita Energy – Life with Power

Wales & West Utilities – Cultural change for a more inclusive and psychologically safe workplace

Team of the Year Award

Eon Next – Smart Tribe

National Grid ESO, SP Energy Networks and TNEI Consultancy – Distributed ReStart

Ovo Energy – Industry Ops Domain Team

Power NI – PNI Team of year entry

Schneider, Quartz, Xylem and Vega – SMART Water Recycling Catchments

Utilita Energy – Life with Power – Let me take you by the hand

Yorkshire Water – Commercial Services Team

Unlocking Data Award


Callisto and British Gas

Cadent, ULC Technologies & ICS Consulting – Utilising data for targeted robotic remediation in London

EDF Energy and Accenture – Complaints Transformation

EDF UK and TATA Consultancy Services – Data Powered Transformation Program

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks – Smart ETR

Utilita Energy – A data-led campaign for Life with Power

Connected Data and OVO – A seamless multi-data/multi-bureau approach to bridging the ‘unknown’

Non utility:

Centre for Net Zero

LCP Delta – The Energy Transition Trackers

M Group Services – Safe Dig AI

SMS – Demand Flexibility Service

Stantec – EBPR Digital Site Capture

Water Research Centre – Understanding discoloured water using data-driven analytics

Utility Partner of the Year Award

Adler and Allan – Environmental compliance today, creating a sustainable tomorrow.

Clancy: A trusted partner, now and for the future

EA Technology

Eliq AB

Energy & Utility Skills – The Green Jobs Delivery Group

Severn Trent Water and Waterfit – Green Recovery Programme

Stantec – Futureproofing the Industry Through Collaboration and Innovation

Utility of the Year

Anglian Water


Electricity North West

Octopus Energy

Severn Trent Water

UK Power Networks

Utilita Energy

Book your tables now for the event on 5 December