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UTILITY Week 29th September 2017

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UTILITY WEEK | 29TH SEPTEMBER - 5TH OCTOBER 2017 | 21 Policy & Regulation Stewart Reid, head of asset management and innovation, SSE "Innovation is really important in under- standing risk, so you don't dive headlong into a black hole." 1. Ofgem gets tough Ofgem is expecting networks to deliver more for less in RIIO2. 2. Medley There's no single solution for asset management in the energy transition. A "medley" of solutions will change the way assets are managed, creating opportuni- ties for networks to drive efficiency and add value. 3. Whole-system planning Whole-system plan- ning will become the norm, with cross- vector solutions commonplace. 4. Data is key Making effective use of the mountains of asset data now available can drive new behaviours and greater efficiency. 5. Next-generation innovation Innovation won't end with RIIO1 – but continued dedicated funding is essential. Key themes Jeff Casey, senior electrical engineer and project development, Burns McDonnell "The electric grid is exposed to system risk, so how do we plan for this – and prevent it?" James Yu, head of future networks, Scottish Power "We are here for one purpose: to serve the customer." Quentin Mabbut, innovation delivery manager, National Grid Gas Transmission "Don't give me more data – give me the answers from the data." Jonathan Brearley, senior partner for networks, Ofgem "It's pretty clear nobody is very good at predicting the future." Qinlin Chen, vice president, wireless marketing; head of industry, wireless marketing, Huawei "A dedicated wireless network helps to build an all-connected smart grid." Sponsored by Keith Owen, head of systems development and energy strategy, Northern Gas Networks "If we can use this smart technology to take just a few per- centage points off [gas peak load], we can save a lot of money to give back to our customers."

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