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UTILITY Week 13th January 2017

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12 | 13TH - 19TH JANUARY 2017 | UTILITY WEEK Event Analysis T ransformation and flexibility are the two headline themes of Utility Week Live 2017, which returns to the NEC in Birmingham on 23-24 May 2017 bigger and better than ever. Today's utilities need to rise to the chal- lenges of changing models of consumption and competition, the demands of sustaina- bility and extreme weather, and political and economic upheaval. All of these require a new approach from the essential businesses delivering electricity, gas and water to UK homes and businesses. Transformation and flexibility are therefore not optional for utili- ties but are key to survival and success. Utility Week Live 2017 will bring together these businesses with their supply chains and wider stakeholders to explore the new models of thinking and operating that are demanded by this challenging environment. With last year's show featuring more than 100 speakers, 150 exhibitors and 3,000 dele- gates, the 2017 version promises to grow this still further. The pan-utility keynote conference will feature top utility leaders debating themes including resilience and decision-making amid uncertainty (including the potential impact of Brexit), skills, sustainability and new business models. "Meet the regulator" and "meet the buyer" sessions will give dele- gates the chance to pose questions to Ofgem and Ofwat, and for utilities to engage with major energy and water users. Meanwhile, seminar sessions will once again take place in individual theatres on the show floor dedicated to water and energy, and there will be a new customer theatre for retail and customer-focused topics. Essential show features include the Inno- vation Zone (organised in partnership with the Energy Innovation Council); the Drill- ing and Tapping competition, including the World Water Cup (in partnership with the Institute of Water); the Streetworks Village; the Network Zone; and the Outdoor Demon- stration Zone. To mark the opening of the non-house- hold retail market for water we will also be introducing the Water Retail Pavilion (co- hosted with our sister exhibition edie Live), where water retailers can meet the major business buyers of water. "Aer the success of last year, I am extremely excited to announce that Utility Week Live 2017 has launched," says Amanda Barnes, chief executive of Utility Week Live. "It is a great opportunity for the multi-billion pound UK utilities industry to gather over two lively days of networking and come face to face with key decision-makers across the electricity, gas and water sectors." The Utility Week Live exhibition, techni- cal seminars and keynote plenary sessions are all free to attend, while a paid ticket will be required to gain access to the keynote conference and panel discussions. Utility Week Live 2017 This year the top themes of the utility industry's premier exhibition and conference will be transformation and flexibility. We trail some of the highlights in a packed programme. For more information www.utilityweeklive.co.uk Rachael Lyon, business development director Email: rachaellyon@fav-house.com Ed Roberts, business development director Email: edroberts@fav-house.com Key Speakers John Morea, chief executive, SGN James Robbins, chief information officer, Drax Group Ben Jeffs, director and chief executive, Market Operator Services Ltd Michael Roberts, chief executive, Water UK Basil Scarsella, chief executive, UK Power Networks Keith MacLean, managing director, Providence Policy John Reynolds, chief executive, Castle Water Lucy Darch, managing director, Wave

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