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In the run up to Utility Week Live Onlie,  Utility Week's content team discuss what they're most looking forward to about the event.

Ellen Bennett, portfolio director, Utility Week & Utility Week Live

Ellen Bennett, portfolio director, Utility Week & Utility Week Live

The speaker I’m most looking forward to hearing is…

Ofwat’s John Russell, speaking with Ofgem’s Steve McMahon in our keynote ‘regulation for innovation’ session (10.30-11.20, 24 November). With the water sector now rolling out its own innovation fund, I’m keen to hear more details about how it will work in practice.

The exhibitor I’m most looking forward to meeting is….

Fiorentini UK. They’re developing the UK’s first 100% SMETS2 compliant hydrogen meter (which can also be used with 100% natural gas). A big development for the future of gas.

The session I’m most looking forward to watching is…

The Energy Innovation Centre’s panel on the decarbonisation of transport at 2-3pm on November 25 – it will be great to take a cross-vector view of how energy, water, and transport can work together to meet Net Zero goals.

The session I’m most looking forward to chairing is….

The ‘coffee lounge’ networking breaks. We’ll be well into the second lockdown by November 24-26, so it will be great to have an opportunity just to chat informally with people.

During networking, I’ll be asking….

How the second lockdown is impacting utilities’ operations – I’m particularly interested to hear more about the incredible ingenuity utilities are showing to keep critical works onsite, safely.

While I’m attending Utility Week Live Online, I’ll be….

Working hard from my garden office (a polite name for the shed!) and hoping the kids and the dog can refrain from unscheduled appearances for a few days…

Denise Chevin, insights editor, Utility Week

Denise Chevin, insights editor, Utility Week

The speaker I’m most looking forward to hearing is…

Lee Hood, Business Change Manager, Finance Planning and Performance ONS, who is going to be talking about creating a utilities data catalogue. I'm not sure what it is but it sounds intriguing.

The exhibitor I’m most looking forward to meeting is….

Capita – I’ll be interested to hear more about the work they have been doing to help utilities support vulnerable customers through the pandemic.

The session I’m most looking forward to watching is…

Project LEO (Local Energy Oxfordshire) which is enabling the energy transition by tackling the challenges of integrating flexibility into the electricity network at the local level (11.10-11/25, 25 November). It's a trail blazer for a number of local schemes and I'm keen to find out more from Mel Bryce, Oxford Programme Director at Scottish and Southern Energy Networks

The session I’m most looking forward to chairing is….

Excellence in asset management (10.30-11/45, 24 November). It's such a hot topic at the moment as water and energy firms look to try and deliver efficiencies with new technologies. I'm keen to discover what new developments are proving successful 

During networking, I’ll be asking….

Apart from the constraints of Covid, what else are they worried about for 2021

While I’m attending Utility Week Live Online, I’ll be….

Looking for new ideas that we can follow up for Utility Week in the new year and taking stock of the general sector sentiment

 

Jane Gray, content director, Utility Week & Utility Week Live

Jane Gray, content director, Utility Week & Utility Week Live

The speaker I’m most looking forward to hearing is…

I’m really interested to hear what Mac Alonge, Founder and CEO, The Equal Group has to say about the importance of a diverse workforce to fostering innovation and his advice for companies trying to become more inclusive – he’s set to speak in our Innovation programme (11.20-11.40, 24 November). Over on the Opex Programme though, I’m really interested to hear from all the participants in our Deep Dive into the challenges of re-starting and sustaining the iron mains replacement programme in the context of continued uncertainty over local and national restrictions on operations (12.30-1.10, 24 November).

The exhibitor I’m most looking forward to meeting is….

Innowatts – I’ve read about their work applying AI and machine learning to support smarter grid operations and clever use of smart meter data to reduce customer churn and boost engagement in the US.

The session I’m most looking forward to watching is…

The whole “Innovating for net zero: energy flexibility” section on our Innovation Programme (from 10.30, 25 November). Every speaker is a class act and it’s a fascinating topic.

The session I’m most looking forward to chairing is….

I’m keenly looking forward to the opening session on our Innovation programme – a double interview with Ofwat’s John Russel and Ofgem’s Steven McMahon in which we’ll be talking about their approaches to delivering regulated innovation funding and how they hope this will help create the conditions for transformational change in the energy and water sectors (10.30-11/20, 24 November).

During networking, I’ll be asking….

How utilities are feeling about our second lockdown and the impacts it may have on winter resilience. But also – thinking longer term, I’m keen to understand how an increasing strategic focus on sustainability and decarbonisation is feeding through into procurement policies and priorities in the sector.

While I’m attending Utility Week Live Online, I’ll be….

Working amid stacks of my son’s Duplo boxes and hoping all my Amazon deliveries don’t arrive in the middle of the sessions I’m chairing

 

James Wallin, editor (digital), Utility Week

James Wallin, editor (digital), Utility Week

My Utility Week Live Online

The speaker I’m most looking forward to hearing is…

Simon Duncan at Eon on the operational challenges to be overcome in the smart meter delivery (10.35-10.45, 26 November). It’s a topic that is constantly debated and Covid has added a whole new dimension to it. It will be really interesting to get Simon’s take.

The exhibitor I’m most looking forward to meeting is….

The pathway to decarbonisation of transport is a topic that enthrals me, so I’m very keen to hear more about Driivz, whose cloud-based platform spans electric vehicle charging operations, energy management, extensive billing capabilities, home, public and workplace charging, and driver self- service tools.

The session I’m most looking forward to watching is…

I’m really looking forward to all of the sessions around innovating for vulnerable customers on 26 November, given how influential this topic is going to be over the coming months and years. I’m particularly interested in hearing from the Energy Systems Catapult’s Rose Chard on the projects she has been involved with around designing decarbonisation that supports vulnerable customers (10.40-10.55, 26 November). 

The session I’m most looking forward to chairing is….

The innovation panel from 1.10-1.30 on 24 November when I’ll be talking to Northumbrian Water, National Grid, Wales & West Utilities and BECG. There’s so many exciting projects across the utilities sector to discuss so it’s sure to be a fascinating debate.

During networking, I’ll be asking….

If there is evidence that lockdown has changed the public’s attitudes to consuming water and energy and if there are opportunities to capitalise on this going forward.

While I’m attending Utility Week Live Online, I’ll be….

Soaking up some sunshine next to the pool at my lockdown bolthole in the Bahamas. Well, that’s my story anyway – and I’m sticking to it.

 

Ruth Williams, water correspondent, Utility Week

Ruth Williams, water correspondent, Utility Week

The speaker I’m most looking forward to hearing is…

Annesley Crisp of Anglian Water talking from 3.15-3.25 on 26 November about how the company’s “shop window” approach to innovation has been received by the public.

The exhibitor I’m most looking forward to meeting is….

Isle are working on some really innovative projects across the sector, so I want to find out what they have coming up next and what lessons they can share with the industry.

The session I’m most looking forward to watching is…

Ofwat’s session from 2-2.45 on 24 November exploring its approach to innovation funding. There are some really interesting ideas as to how to take this forward so I’m keen to hear Ofwat’s evolving vision for the project.

The session I’m most looking forward to chairing is….

The session on tackling leakage from 2.30-3 on 25 November, with Portsmouth Water’s Jamie Jones and Nicole Metje of the University of Birmingham. The water sector has a huge amount of work to do over the next five years to meet some challenging targets so it will be great to hear what these experts have to say.

During networking, I’ll be asking….

How the decarbonisation agenda is shaping companies’ business plans, particularly in water, where the industry is currently pulling together a road map to 2030.

While I’m attending Utility Week Live Online, I’ll be….

Settling into my new flat in Brighton, which luckily I managed to move into before lockdown.

Adam John, reporter, Utility Week

Adam John, reporter, Utility Week

The speaker I’m most looking forward to hearing is…

Simon Duncan, Head of Smart Transformation at Eon (10.35-10.45, 26 November). The smart meter rollout is one of the key issues being faced by the energy sector at the moment and I’m really interested to hear a large supplier’s perspective the affects the pandemic has had on the rollout.

The exhibitor I’m most looking forward to meeting is….

Energy Saving Trust – they do great work on energy efficiency, something which will be another key area on the road to hitting net zero by 2050.

The session I’m most looking forward to watching is…

I’ll be chairing my own session at this time but I am looking forward to watching back the Innovating for Vulnerable Customers panel which is on 26th November at 10.30am. Consumer vulnerability is something I’m personally interested in so it’s always fascinating to hear about the work being done across the utilities sphere in tackling this issue, especially in the wake of Covid-19.

The session I’m most looking forward to chairing is….

Smarter Approaches to Smart Metering (10.30-12.10, 26 November). As an energy retail reporter, I’m interested in all things smart meters and it’s always great to hear what suppliers have learned as the rollout has progressed and how the devices are shaping the customer journey. I’m looking forward to chatting with the panel about their experiences and what challenges they envision over the next five years.

During networking, I’ll be asking….

What companies are doing to tackle consumer vulnerability and what they have learned in light of the pandemic.

While I’m attending Utility Week Live Online, I’ll be….

Tucked away in the spare bedroom/ my home office space!

Tom Grimwood, energy editor, Utility Week

Tom Grimwood, energy editor, Utility Week

The speaker I’m most looking forward to hearing is…

Russell Fowler, senior project manager, National Grid, talking about how offshore wind and electric vehicles can work together to help achieve the 2050 net zero target (3.05-3.15, 26 November_.

The session I’m most looking forward to chairing is….

The session on business resilience with Greg Barrett, project engineer at Northumbrian Water, who will be discussing their use of drones (2.30-2.40, 24 November). It’s a technology I would normally associate with wide opens skies but I was fascinated to see how they’ve also been sending caged drones into some very confined spaces to carry out difficult or dangerous inspections.

The exhibitor I’m most looking forward to meeting is…

Innowatt so I can hear more about how their use of meter level data and artificial intelligence to produce more accurate forecasts. They were recently named by the World Economic Forum as one of their global technology pioneers for 2020 and I’m interested to find out why.

The session I’m most looking forward to watching is…

Innovating for net zero (from 10.30, 25 November). I’m especially interested in how regular consumers can contribute towards the decarbonisation of the power grid by providing flexibility from technologies like electric vehicles, heat pumps and batteries.

During networking, I’ll be asking…

How people have been affected by the national lockdown and whether things have been better or worse than during the one in spring.

While I’m attending Utility Week Live Online, I’ll be…

Hoping this isn’t the moment that my internet decides to cut out. It’s been very reliable up until now but sod’s law says it will be.  

 

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