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UTILITY Week 2nd September 2016

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UTILITY WEEK | 2ND - 8TH SEPTEMBER 2016 | 5 100% Wind turbines generated the equivalent of all of Scotland's power needs on 7 August for the first time on record. Southern Water CEO to step down next year Southern Water chief executive Matthew Wright will leave the company next year, after more than six years in post. Wright will remain in place until spring/summer 2017 while the company hunts for a successor, to ensure "continuity of leadership" through the next price review and investment cycle. Commenting on his departure, Wright said: "I am incredibly proud of the transformation that has taken place at Southern Water over the past six years. "But there is still much to do over the coming year and I remain completely focused on the task in hand. In particular, I look forward to keeping up the momentum on our customer service perfor- mance, which has seen dramatic improvement in recent months." Southern Water chairman Robert Jennings said: "Under Matthew's leadership, Southern Water has made impressive and sustained operational and financial progress and we are indebted to him for his part. "Matthew will remain in full control of the company, overseeing the day-to-day business until his successor is found. We are begin- ning that search." Wright joined Southern in Feb- ruary 2011 from United Utilities, where he was managing director of asset management and delivery. LV WATER A report by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit suggests the Hinkley Point C new nuclear project could be easily replaced, and that "alternatives work out cheaper". The think-tank said cancelling the project would not stop Britain from keeping the lights on or meeting its climate change targets. It insisted that the plant could be replaced using a mix of windfarms, interconnectors, gas-fired plants, energy efficiency measures and demand-side response, "saving the UK around £1 billion a year". If the £18 billion nuclear plant does go ahead, it will have a capacity of 3.2GW and should generate 25.2TWh of electricity a year. The UK 'doesn't need Hinkley Point C' "Repeatedly overplayed" SSE chief executive Alistair Phillips-Davies says he believes the significance of Hinkley Point C to Britain's future energy supplies has been exaggerated. "Hugely costly and unsustainable" Anglian Water has warned that the cost of setting up metaldehyde treatment for drinking water in the East of England would amount to almost £600 million. New Beama VP Beama, the trade association for elec- trical infrastructure technologies has named eco-entre- preneur Patrick Caiger- Smith as its new vice-president. Caiger-Smith is chief execu- tive and founder of Green Energy Options, a smart home technology and service provider, established in 2006. The company has won numerous accolades for its innova- tive products including an award in the 2015 International Design Awards for its "Cosy" smart ther- mostat. Caiger-Smith has already served as a board member of Beama for three years, in which time he helped it develop links with other industry bodies representing electrical manufacturing. He has also promoted the industry's role in ensuring a sustainable and energy efficient future. APPOINTMENT 1.8GW The capacity of the Hornsea Pro- ject Two offshore windfarm when complete 100kW The capacity of the second turbine installed at the Shetland Tidal Array last month "We are extremely concerned that the costs of [Eco] delivery have been overstated." NIA chief executive Neil Marshall on the identification that Eco costs could be overstated by more than £200 million.

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