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Ellen Bennett - Utility Week Congress 2018

What is the future of utilities? The UK market is drastically changing shape as political pressures combine with economic, environmental and societal imperatives to drive business transformation.

Increasing regulatory intervention is high on the agenda, with price caps in operation in the retail market and regulators looking to drive down returns for regulated companies via the next price reviews. Meanwhile, further competition is planned for regulated markets, particularly in the wholesale side of the businesses, and high level political scrutiny is set to continue.

In response, utilities are transforming their business models. Massive deals, such as the Eon/Innogy asset swap and the SSE/npower merger, are reshaping the landscape, with new players ranging from global behemoth Shell, via its acquisition of First Utility, to small, niche start-ups.

Utilities of whatever size or stripe are grappling with digital transformation, seeking to capitalise on the opportunities offered by technology to meet changing customer needs and efficiency demands.

All of these issues and more will be explored at the 2018 Utility Week Congress, where policy makers, regulators, utilities, investors and the supply chain come together every year to tackle the most pressing challenges facing the sector.

Join us in Birmingham for unrivalled networking, knowledge exchange and debate as we bring the journalistic expertise of Utility Week to life on stage.

Ellen Bennett, Editor, Utility Week

P.S. Remember to book your place for the congress networking dinner on the evening of 9 October.