We asked the UK’s leading utilities journalists for their top 3 show picks. What are they most looking forward to at Utility Week Live 2017?
Insights & intel from leading utilities journalists and analysts
Ellen Bennett, editor Utility Week & content director, Utility Week Live. I’m most looking forward to:
1, Seeing the technologies and individuals our audience voted as the most transformational – and particularly to interviewing some of the leaders live on the keynote stage in a Transformation Address session on day two
2, I can’t wait for our very first Streetworks Conference, held in association with NJUG, where I’ll be chairing a panel discussion on ‘penalties, permits and incentives’
3, We’ve got hundreds of the industry’s leading figures speaking and exhibiting, and thousands expected to attend over the course of two days. As well as chairing sessions across the seminar theatres, I’m looking forward to seeing the latest technologies on the stands and to informal catch ups in the aisles. Last year, one CEO said it was the best exhibition he had ever been to - I’m expecting this year to be even better.
Mathew Beech, insights editor, Utility Week. I’m most looking forward to:
1, The Streetworks Village, it will be a chance to see first-hand some of the innovative and creative work utilities are doing to make their essential maintenance less intrusive into everyday life, driving efficiencies and cost savings.
2, The outside-in session in the Keynote Conference on day two will be a highlight. Having Neil Bartholomew, executive director at Virgin Media speak will provide a refreshing alternative view on what the utilities are doing, and what else they can learn
3, The storage revolution seminar on the first morning in the Network Theatre promises to be another highlight. Having a wide range of people from the sector discussing the implications of storage on the energy system will be fascinating and it will provide unique insights into how the industry is functioning and the direction it is headed.
Jane Gray, deputy editor, Utility Week. I’m most looking forward to:
1, Tackling the big issues facing utilities - like creating flexible energy systems and the future of competitive markets - with some of the industry’s leading minds in the Keynote Conference
2, Hearing debate, passion and commitments for action to address the industry’s mounting skills and workforce renewal challenges
3, Networking and setting the world to rights with the utility sector’s finest at our annual drinks reception at the end of day one.
James Brockett, editor, Water & Wastewater Treatment Magazine. I’m most looking forward to:
1, The Institute of Water’s Drilling and Tapping Competition, which this year plays host to international teams competing for the World Water Cup – it will be great to see teams from across the globe.
2, Chairing a panel discussion on the developing bioresources market in the Water Wholesale Theatre on day two. Come along to find out how water utilities are shifting their thinking on sludge
3, It will be fascinating to hear Ben Jeffs, Chief Executive of MOSL, gives his verdict on how the introduction of non-household retail competition in England has progressed so far.
Paul Crompton, Editor, Network Magazine. I’m most looking forward to:
1. Gaining a better insight and understanding of how power networks can and should be regulated, and the direction they need to move toward as we look ahead to RII02 during the opening session of the Network Theatre
2. Hearing how networks, regulatory bodies and companies are exploring the implications and opportunities of using storage, at varying scales, during ‘The Storage Revolution’ session
Lois Vallely, news editor, Utility Week and Water.Retail. I’m most looking forward to:
1. The Innovation in Water session on day one, which will look at how the water industry can be truly innovative. Just like the energy industry, the water sector faces a trilemma – maintaining security of supply while keeping bills low and lowering its carbon emissions – and they will need to innovate to solve it.
2. Hearing MOSL chief executive Ben Jeffs’s thoughts on the transformation in the water industry, and whether the water consumer has ‘already won’ in the non-domestic retail market. This speech will be in the Keynote Theatre on day one.
3. Chairing a panel discussion on Open Water: Making the Market Work in the Water Wholesale Theatre on day two. An expert panel of incumbent and new entrant retailers, plus a representative from the market operator, will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by the opening of the water market. It will be fascinating to hear their thoughts on what retailers want from wholesalers, and how well-placed wholesalers are to deliver.
The Utility Week Live 2017 show team. We’re most looking forward to:
2, Understanding what’s next - the products and solutions of the future – from our 200+ exhibition, zone participants and event partners. Here’s the latest exhibitor list.
3, Meeting our lovely show visitors on the 23rd and 24th May. We work hard all year to deliver a valuable and enjoyable event, the biggest date in the utilities calendar. If you haven’t already done so, book your free tickets right here and start planning your visit.
Liz Bury, editor, Water.desalination+reuse. I’m most looking forward to:
1, I'm really looking forward to Isle Utilities’ The Big Water Pitch: Water Innovation Competition (in the Innovation Theatre) as I'm keen to see what new technologies are out there
2, I'm very excited to be chairing a session, Innovations in Advanced Water Treatment, in which we're focusing on water reuse, in the Water Wholesale Theatre on Wednesday morning.
3, I'm also on the lookout for any new developments around smart plants, across both Utility Week Live plus co-location partner show edie Live.
The connected utilities editorial team, including Ellen Bennett, Jane Gray, Mathew Beach, James Brockett, Lois Vallely, Paul Crompton and Liz Bury, are chairing numerous sessions at Utility Week Live. Discover the full seminar programme here. Book your completely free tickets right here.
The best industry exhibition I have ever been to. Thought provoking, interesting, good networking, with a positive feel to the whole event… it was excellent!
Jacob Tompkins OBE, Managing Director, Waterwise