UOTF Features & Articles


UOTF Features & Articles

The Utility of the Future campaign is a year-long content series from Utility Week and its sister titles, NetworkEngerati 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 Utility of the Future theme for Utility Week Live 2020 is founded on the work the editorial teams across the show’s sister media brands have undertaken over the past year.

Since June 2019, Utility Week, Water and Wastewater Treatment and Network magazine have been publishing articles, conducting industry surveys and seeking out expert opinion on all the big challenges companies in the UK’s energy and water sector will need to overcome if they want to become thriving utilities of the future.

All of this content has centred around five big transformational themes and has also heled to shape our show agendas, including the sessions on our dedicated Utility of the Future Stage.

Our campaign themes are:



For a selection of some of the best content that has appeared in Utility Week, Water and Wastewater Treatment and Network magazine as part of our UOTF campaign, see below.

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#1 - Climate Change

Who should pay for the energy transition?

energy transition

Action needed now to keep the taps running

taps running

Making a pipe dream a reality

pipe dream reality

XR activist: Rebellions are fundamentally unreasonable

xr activist

Energy efficiency: policy missing to meet climate change targets


Public gets behind net zero targets

climate change

In search of limitless cheap electricity

cheap electric

#2 - Regulation

What the rest of the world can teach us about decarbonisation


How are the regulators responding to climate change?


Utility watchdogs live to bare their teeth again


Three steps forward for energy


Autoswitching - what's not to like?


#3 - Skills and Workforce

Can water reach net zero by 2030?


Why the DSO transition must accelerate


Where are we going to find the workers of the future?


#4 - Technology

Six big tech questions for 2020

2020 technology