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Utility Week 12 12 2014

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UTILITY WeeK | 12Th - 18Th December 2014 | 5 Western Power Distribution scooped the coveted Utility of the Year Award at this year's Utility Week Achievement Awards, collected by chief executive Rob- ert Symons, pictured above with host Jo Brand and Util- ity Week editor Ellen Bennett. The sold-out awards cer- emony, held on Monday night at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park Lane, celebrated the brightest and best in the utilities industry, including industry champion Chris Loughlin, chief executive of South West Water. See right for winners. Industry Champion Award Winner: Chris Loughlin, South West Water Capital Project Management Award Winner: United Utilities, MWH and Land & Marine Community Initiative of the year Winner: Eon Customer Care Award Winner: Wales & West Utilities Digital Utilities Award Winner: UK Power Networks Excellence in streetworks Award Winner: Scotia Gas Networks Environment Award Winner: United Utilities It Initiative of the year Winner: Wales & West Utilities and Enzen Marketing Initiative of the year Winner: Thames Water staff Development Award Winner: Yorkshire Water supply Chain Excellence Winner: UK Power Networks' Principals Group team of the year Winner: United Utilities Utility Week Achievement Awards 2014 winners eLecTrIcITY WATer SSE appoints new networks MD SSE has appointed Colin Nicol as managing director of distribution at its electricity network business. He was previously lead director of generation development. Nicol will be responsible for leading SSE's electricity distribution businesses and will report to the company's chief executive Alistair Phillips-Davies. SSE also announced that its direc- tor of distribution, Mark Mathieson, is leaving the company. Phillips-Davies thanked Mathieson "for everything he has done for SSE, especially during the last two price control periods". UU expands energy crop pilot scheme United Utilities is expanding a pilot scheme to grow biomass energy crops at its wastewater treatment works. The water company planted willow and maize at its Leigh wastewater treatment works as part of a trial to make its land more productive, and it is expanding the scheme to other sites over the coming months. Willow trees grow quickly and the wood can be sold as fuel for biomass boilers. Maize can be fed into anaerobic digestion vats and turned into biogas, which in turn can be used as fuel to generate renewable electricity and heat.

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