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“Getting Smart”: Smart grids and the move to DSO

Published the 05 April, 2018
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Q&A with Julie Minns, Head of Customer Engagement at UK Power Networks Over the last few years the energy sector has been undergoing a huge transformation. This has been fuelled by a whole new raft of innovations and challenges: smart meters, the development of distributed energy resources (such as solar panels and electric vehicles); the […]

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Which are the top 3 companies for innovation in the energy sector?

Published the 07 June, 2016

Over the past six months, alva’s analysis of the energy sector has seen an increase in competition among manufacturers to position their organisations as focused on “sustainable energy future”, “new forms of electricity generation” or “low carbon technologies” developments. In late 2015, media sources reported government figures such as the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, […]

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Utilities: How to maximise the effectiveness of price cuts

Published the 25 February, 2016

On the 13th of January, the ICIS, a market intelligence company, announced that UK wholesale gas and electricity prices hit a five-year low at the end of 2015, with gas prices falling 34% over the year. This triggered pressure from government, regulators and consumer groups for utility companies to cut prices. Ann Robinson, Director of […]

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How fuel poverty is changing the reputation of utilities

Published the 19 November, 2015

Reputational landscape The reputation of the UK utilities market has been under fire from a broad range of stakeholders in recent years. Criticism has been wide-ranging, but the common thread is a perception that the largest companies (the Big Six) are not acting in the best interest of their broader stakeholders. Customers, industry watchdogs and […]

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Good apprentice schemes boost reputations of leading organisations

Published the 04 September, 2015

The UK Government target for apprenticeships has increased the positive impact of hiring announcements in 2015 Companies winning political advocacy for their apprenticeship schemes are outperforming their peers for reputation Companies not being seen to play fair with apprentices are suffering significant criticism Political support for apprentices The UK government’s target of three million new […]

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