Utility Week Live: join the discussions on the Challenge and Innovator Stage

Utility Week Live: join the discussions on the Challenge and Innovator Stage

Join us at Utility Week Live this year for an exciting lineup of talks. On the Innovator stage, EIC's Managing Director, Denise Massey, along with Networks and Innovators, will explore the path to achieving cleaner energy systems by 2035.  


On the Challenge Stage, Kate Edwards from Outram will present an innovative solution: Real-Time Fault Level Monitoring, facilitating connections at curtailed locations through Fault Level Measurement and Active Network Management. 


Don't miss these insightful discussions that showcase the EIC’s and Partners commitment to driving sustainable energy solutions and fostering advancements in the industry. 


Innovator Stage 


Delivering a Clean Energy System by 2035 


On May 16, 2023, from 10:00 to 11:00, we explore the path to delivering a clean energy system in the UK by 2035. Taking place on the Innovator Stage, this talk brings together prominent figures from Ofgem, Networks, and Innovators to discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. 


With just 12 years remaining, the urgency to act cannot be overstated. During this insightful session, attendees will have the opportunity to hear directly from industry experts and innovators who are at the forefront of driving change in the energy sector. The talk will delve into the vital questions surrounding the transition to clean energy, including what is currently being done, what remains to be done, and whether achieving this monumental challenge is possible. 


Leading the discussion will be Denise Massey, the Managing Director here at the EIC. As a respected industry leader, her role as the chairperson ensures that the conversation will be guided by her wealth of experience and expertise. With her skilful moderation, we can expect an engaging and informative dialogue that sheds light on the key issues and potential solutions. 


The panel of speakers brings together individuals who are driving change within their respective organisations:  


  • Luke Blackaby, Strategy Manager at Ofgem: Luke will bring a unique perspective on Ofgem's innovation priorities, with a specific focus on driving towards the ambitious goal of Net Zero by 2035. Luke will also shed light on Ofgem's newly formed Innovation Hub, a collaborative platform that aims to bring together stakeholders from across the industry. 
  • Ian Cameron, Director of Customer Services and Innovation at UKPN: Ian will provide a network's perspective on the key focus areas over the next five years. Additionally, he will address the challenges that must be overcome to maximise the value derived from innovation efforts. 
  • Kate Edwards, Sales and Operations Manager at Outram Research: Kate will shed light on how Outram Research's innovative solutions will facilitate the delivery of Net Zero by 2035. She will also discuss the key challenges faced by innovators in the energy sector, aligning with the insights gathered from the EIC Insight Survey & Action Plan. 
  • Andrew Larkins, Chief Executive of Sygensys: Andrew will emphasize the importance of signposting for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) entering the sector. He will explore the role of disruptive innovations and whether SMEs can impact regulatory barriers to implementing innovative solutions. Furthermore, Andrew has the potential to expand on how to influence code changes within the energy sector.  

This talk promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking session that not only educates but also empowers attendees to take action. Whether you are an industry professional, an innovator, or simply curious about the future of energy, this talk offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights and join the discussion with passionate experts.


Challenge Stage 


Real-Time Fault Level Monitoring, facilitating connections at curtailed locations through Fault Level Measurement and Active Network Management. 


On Tuesday16th May, from 14:15 to 15:25, Kate Edwards (Outram Research) will be presenting during the Challenge Session 'Asset management game changers '. Her talk titled "Real-Time Fault Level Monitoring: Facilitating connections at curtailed locations through Fault Level Measurement and Active Network Management" promises to unveil innovative approaches that transform the way we handle connections in constrained areas. 

On the stage, Kate will introduce an innovative solution called ‘Real-Time Fault Level Monitor (RTFLM) that aims to transform the electrical utility industry’. The RTFLM is a rack-sized substation monitor designed to measure the worst-case current during a fault, providing real-time fault level data.


This talk will explore the potential impact of this technology on network management, safety, and cost savings for utilities and customers. We are looking forward to hearing her insights and exploring the innovative approaches that are revolutionising the utilities industry. 


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