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The growth of electric vehicles presents a new and exciting opportunity for motorists - how, when and where to charge your vehicle. Our charging infrastructure continues to grow across the UK but how is convenience affected? The solution will include smart charging from the home - but how economical, efficient and flexible is this for the average road user? We're linking to two thought provoking articles from fleetpoint.org that discuss the future of Smart EV charging. You can read the article around backing smart charging markets here.
thenergyst recently published an article around how fake news is leading to fears that our power system won't cope with the impact of coronavirus. National Grid ESO director Fintan Sly, commenting in the article, explains that 'with more people across the UK working from home it should actually reduce demand on the power system'. You can read the article by clicking here. If you'd like to read more, UKPN have also posted an article featuring Basil Scarsella, CEO of UK Power Networks, who explains how 'Power will stay on in the UK'. The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has provided a sector wider clarification of UK energy system resilience to read here.
Here is a short list of news sources and articles sharing insight on UK energy wholesale prices, market developments and statistics during this rapid change. We will bring more resources here over time. Click here for our useful links - as we make energy smarter for everyone together!
National Grid launches their first ever Future Energy Scenarios (FES): Bridging the gap to net zero report. This report focuses on the actions and responsibilities required to enable the UK to reach its 2050 net zero target. Laura Sandys CBE - who recently spoke at our last forum - is the guest editor and provides more detail on how the industry can work together to achieve it. Download the full report here.
Our staff are using various technology platforms to communicate with one another, assist with collaborative working and help keep morale high. Employees are having daily catch ups, sharing team quizzes and even personalising backgrounds on video conferencing platform, Zoom in order to improve the mood and stay light hearted in this difficult situation that we are currently facing.
The Energy Storage Summit took place in February 2020 and welcomed 360 attendees from 33 countries with over 80 speakers and 6 hours of networking. Our CSO Mark Coyle was a panel contributor covering residential, small business and social enterprise storage adoption benefits and what this means for value providers in the energy industry. Download the full report here.
We are operating on a ‘Business As Usual’ basis at Utiligroup with all our team online from home. Utiligroup is meeting operational service levels, developing new software and delivering future sector change whilst supporting our employees. We are supporting our customers and their meter supply chain proactively in their new way of working. Our employees are innovating and supporting each other as we all use video conferencing and instant communications. Energy Suppliers & new innovators getting ahead of this time are engaging with us. We’re open and welcome your contact. Let’s keep making energy smarter for everyone. For more about our new basis of operations click here.
A recent study has confirmed that electric vehicles produce less carbon dioxide than petrol cars across the globe. The findings, reported by The Guardian are contrary to the claims from detractors who believe the manufacturing process of batteries and production of electricity outweigh the benefits of the electric vehicle. Click here to read the full article.
We're happy to announce that we recently completed PIT testing for our suppliers within the switching programme. Our Halo CSS adapter works with AFMS to prepare our suppliers within the programme and completing this stage puts us in a strong position as we enter the next phase of development. If you'd like to learn more about our switching programme please click here to get in touch with our team.
The 2020 budget supports the roll out of electric vehicles in the UK and includes £500 million to be spent across the next 5 years to support the roll-out of super-fast electric charging network. Read the full article here.
Utiligroup is thrilled to announce that it has become a formal sponsor of the Women’s Utilities Network (WUN). Utiligroup values diversity and the role of women contributing at all levels of the business, including in its executive team. Our sponsorship of WUN is a fantastic opportunity for us to be involved first hand with this fast growing and highly beneficial network of women.