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UWL18 speakers share their thoughts on what disruption means to them and their fellow utilities leaders

ELLEN BENNETT - UTILITY WEEK

ELLEN BENNETT - UTILITY WEEK

ELLEN BENNETT


‘Disruption will redefine the winners and losers in UK utilities’

Ellen Bennett, Editor, Utility Week and Content Director, Utility Week Live

Ellen has been the editor of Utility Week magazine since 2012, and heads up the expert editorial team as Content Director.

Ellen will be chairing the following sessions in the Keynote Theatre at Utility Week Live 2018:

22nd May 

10:00am Welcome
Keynote Theatre

10:30am Optimising mobile technologies and customer data to drive engagement and reduce churn
Keynote Theatre

14:20 Opportunities for utilities post-2020
Keynote Theatre


23rd May

10:00am Welcome
Keynote Theatre

10:30am Unlocking the potential of IoT

14:05 Smart infrastructure, energy systems and cities


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ADRIANA KARABOUTIS - NATIONAL GRID

ADRIANA KARABOUTIS - NATIONAL GRID

ADRIANA KARABOUTIS


Joining us from America, Adrianna will discuss techniques for driving innovation and showcase how utilities can move innovation from proof of concepts to production. It comes at a critical moment as regulated utilities - energy networks and water - prepare for their next regulatory settlements.

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STEWART REID - SSEN  

STEWART REID - SSEN  

STEWART REID

What does disruption mean to you?
Breaking away from continuous improvement into step changes and paradigm shifts.

Why does disruption matter?
It is how the human race progresses.

How can we be disruptive in the right way?
By identifying and considering the unintended consequences, think diesel, carbon emissions from internal combustion, asbestos, and plastic waste.  They all started as disruptive technologies.

Name a significant disruption
The wheel, or slightly more recently, digitisation.

Is disruption a good thing?
Yes, if intelligently applied so that society and our environment are considered, and greed is not the primary driver.

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DENISE MASSEY - ENERGY INNOVATION CENTRE

DENISE MASSEY - ENERGY INNOVATION CENTRE


 

'I don't think the utilities sectors have seen true disruption yet, but it is coming'

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PHILIP NEW - ENERGY SYSTEMS CATAPULT

PHILIP NEW - ENERGY SYSTEMS CATAPULT


'Anything that has happened in the industry recently, disruptive though it may have felt at the time, is nothing compared to the forces that are going to disrupt us in the very near future'

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JOHN SCOTT - CHILTERN POWER

JOHN SCOTT - CHILTERN POWER

JOHN SCOTT

What does disruption mean to you?
Disruption is created by radical fresh thinking, applied at scale.
It’s not just technology, it’s also shifts in customer preferences, industry processes… and legislation.

Why does disruption matter?
Disruptive change brings benefits, which is why it gets taken up at scale.
But stay on the front foot, my new benefits may challenge your status quo.

How can we be disruptive in the right way?
Disruption needs to be set in a societal context - the more winners and synergies, the more likely the benefits will endure.

Name a significant disruption
Distributed rather than centralised energy - it turns the established system on its head, it opens the way to many new parties and new services. 
Threatening for incumbents or a great opportunity for them too?

Is disruption a good thing?
If we climb out of our silos and put on our long-term specs, we can ensure disruption delivers benefits not frustrations.

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DUNCAN BOTTING - GLOBAL SMART TRANSFORMATION

DUNCAN BOTTING - GLOBAL SMART TRANSFORMATION

DUNCAN BOTTING

What does disruption mean to you?
Transformative change that exposes new and exciting opportunities and threats to embrace as either evolution or revolution.

Why does disruption matter?
Incrementalism breeds inward looking outcomes – disruption transforms thinking and delivers real innovation.

How can we be disruptive in the right way?
This is the wrong question – to be truly disruptive there is no right way. There is only new and unthought of opportunities and threats. The question that should be asked is “How do we embrace disruption as business as normal” because change will be the norm in the future.

Name a significant disruption 
Air BnB (In our industry solar, wind cannot be classed as disruptive as it has been controlled connection, but not integration)

Is disruption a good thing?
Yes, it is essential to any industry that wants to move forward.

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SIMON DANIEL - MOIXA

SIMON DANIEL - MOIXA



'Disruption will change the nature of the utilities landscape forever'

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DANIEL KIRK - OFGEM

DANIEL KIRK - OFGEM

DANIEL KIRK

What does disruption mean to you?
Challenging the status quo. Trying something that could be simpler or better

Why does disruption matter?
It brings about change through new companies and challenging incumbents to keep up & adapt.

How can we be disruptive in the right way?
Enable flexible regulation that can encourage and keep up with innovation

Name a significant disruption
Uber – Completely changed the way I order private transport.
It’s also a perfect example of some of the pros and cons of disruption!

Is disruption a good thing?
For the most part

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JONATHAN BREARLEY - OFGEM

JONATHAN BREARLEY - OFGEM

JONATHAN BREARLEY

What does disruption mean to you?
Disruption to me is a change that fundamentally alters the world around it. In energy terms it is group changes/ new technologies that transform our sector in a way that means terms like ‘customer’ ‘generator’ and ‘networks’ themselves are becoming outdated terms – we may need a new language to describe what we all do!   

Why does disruption matter?
The change is coming – we all need to capture the huge opportunity this represents for UK households and businesses.  

How can we be disruptive in the right way?
We all need to stay on top of what is changing and design/operate a market that gets the best possible value for consumers and makes sure benefits are shared fairly.

Name a significant disruption
The latest I have heard – housing that has so much embedded generation/ storage that it plays an active part in managing local balancing of the system.     

Is disruption a good thing?
Yes – I hope – but the responsibility for all of us is to make sure that it is good for consumers.

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  • disruptive innovation is required to solve the utility challenges of tomorrow
    James Brockett
    WWT, Network & WET News
  • smart players are already harnessing the opportunities disruption brings to get ahead in today’s energy revolution
    Suzanne Heneghan
    Associate Editor, Utility Week
  • disruption is created by radical fresh thinking, applied at scale, it’s not just technology, it’s also shifts in customer preferences, industry processes, and legislation
    John Scott
    Director, Chiltern Power
  • the change is coming – we all need to capture the huge opportunities this represents for UK households and businesses
    Jonathan Brearley
    Executive Director - Systems & Networks, Ofgem
  • diverse disruption could change everything today’s utilities take for granted. Not all market players have realised that yet
    Jane Gray
    Deputy Editor, Utility Week
  • incrementalism breeds inward looking outcomes – disruption transforms thinking and delivers real innovation
    Duncan Botting
    MD, Global Smart Transformation
  • I don’t think the utilities sectors have seen true disruption yet, but it is coming
    Denise Massey
    MD, Energy Innovation Centre
  • anything that has happened in the industry recently, disruptive though it may have felt at the time, is nothing compared to the forces that are going to disrupt us in the very near future
    Philip New
    CEO, Energy Systems Catapult
  • disruption will change the nature of the utilities landscape forever
    Simon Daniel
    CEO, Moixa
  • disruption will redefine the winners and losers in UK utilities
    Ellen Bennett
    Editor, Utility Week
Testimonials

  • 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
  • A great two days of showcasing innovation
    UWL17 attendee

 

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