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UTILITY Week 8th September 2017

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UTILITY WEEK | 8TH - 14TH SEPTEMBER 2017 | 5 The Natural Gas Vehicle Network (NGVN) has said the latest government figures prove gas- powered buses offer better value for money than their electric counterparts. The trade body seized on a funding announcement published this week by the Department for Transport and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, which it says show electric buses run by councils received an average public subsidy from central government funds of more than £130,000 per vehicle, and each gas-powered bus received just £28,000. ENERGY Networks get it together on innovation Energy networks have unveiled plans to develop joint innovation strategies – one each for gas and electricity. The strategies will set out how the companies will provide value for money from their innovation projects; how they will share the lessons learnt with other organisations; and how they will integrate those lessons into their day-to-day operations. Under the RIIO framework, energy networks are able to secure funding for innovation projects through the Network Innovation Allowance and the Network Innovation Competition. The companies will work together through the ENA to ensure the strategies are aligned and deliver whole-system benefits. 700MWh The record-breaking amount of energy generated by MeyGen's 6MW tidal turbine system off the Caithness coast in August. 10 years The time it will take for blockchain to facilitate billing on a second-by-second basis. See analysis, p13 "Dieter can have an impact" EDF's Beatrice Bigois backs the cost of energy review. See interview, p6 D ue to popular demand, the deadline for the Utility Week Awards 2017 has been extended by two weeks to Friday September 22. The awards recognise excel- lence across the industry and reward organisations that have achieved outstanding perfor- mance in the past year. To win or to be shortlisted shows you have reached the very highest standards, as judged by our panel of leading independ- ent experts. The 11 award categories are open to any company involved in the utilities sec- tor – companies producing, distributing or retailing energy or water. Other companies are welcome to enter jointly with utility partners. We are looking for compa- nies that go above and beyond the call of duty, so we ask you to demonstrate that you had ambitious aims, propor- tionate to the size of your company, and that you met or exceeded them. This year, we've intro- duced a new judging process with lead judges for each category and individual feedback reports for all short- listed entrants. We have launched a new entry guide for the awards which you can download at: utilityweekawards.co.uk Utility Week would like to thank Capgemini, CGI, Ordinance Survey, TATA Consultancy Services, Vision Consulting and Lowri Beck for their support of the 2017 Awards. Utility Week Awards deadline extended As an industry we've got a huge amount to celebrate. I'll be looking for the one project that stands out from everything else… …in today's world you need to be flexible, agile and take on views from the supply chain… I'll be looking for a team going above and beyond expectations to deliver for customers and other stakeholders Lead judge Martin Baggs, former chief executive of Thames Water, talking about the Capital Project Management Award Lead judge, Tony Cocker, former chief executive, Eon UK, talking about the Team of the Year Award Lead judge Steve Johnson, former chief executive of Electricity North West and Morrison's, talking about the Supply Chain Excellence Award " " "

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