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26 March 2019, Birmingham, UK

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Network awards entry deadline extension

Deadline extension. Due to the volume of requests received, the Network Awards entry deadline has been extended to 3pm on Thursday 6 December. To receive this extra time, you’ll need to complete the below deadline extension request form.

Or you can contact the Network 2019 team directly to organise your deadline extension:

Carol O'Riordan, Marketing Assistant, Network Awards 2019, 01342 332096, caroloriordan@fav-house.com


 

Innovation Project of the Year - Electricity

Electricity networks are using innovation funding from Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition (NIC) and Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) to help reshape the operational and technical performance of the sector. This award will recognise outstanding electricity projects that have received innovation funding.

The judges will be looking for:

  • Projects that have produced quantifiable benefits for customers and other stakeholders
  • Projects that have the potential to create benefits across the industry, where learnings have been effectively shared
  • Projects that have created genuine business change, with findings successfully embedded into business as usual

 

To enter:

  • Outline the aims of the project and how the project originated
  • Explain the innovation involved – how does the project break new ground?
  • What were the results of the project and how did it realise measurable benefits?
  • Outline the potential of the project for making a difference in the sector - how can this be developed further to bring benefit to all?

 

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Judges tip

“I would like to see innovation that can have real impact on achieving clean economic growth”
Eric Brown, Director of Innovation, Energy Systems Catapult

Engineering Project of the Year

Solving engineering challenges is often at the core of the network industry’s work. This award recognises the engineering project that best demonstrates how technical skills, teamwork and innovative thinking have combined in a solution to a problem that has resulted in lasting benefits to service provision, customers or the environment.

The judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of quantifiable benefit to the business and its customers, and/or other stakeholders
  • Evidence of innovation and a creative approach to technical problem scaling
  • Evidence of ambition


To enter: 

  • Outline the aims of the project and how the project originated
  • Explain the innovation involved – how does the project break new ground?
  • What were the results of the project and how did it realise measurable benefits?
  • Outline the potential of the project for making a difference in the sector - how can this be developed further to bring benefit to all?


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Innovation Project of the Year - Gas

Gas networks are using innovation funding from Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition (NIC) and Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) to help reshape the operational and technical performance of the sector. This award will recognise outstanding gas projects that have received innovation funding.

The judges will be looking for:

  • Projects that have produced quantifiable benefits for customers and other stakeholders
  • Projects that have the potential to create benefits across the industry, where learnings have been effectively shared
  • Projects that have created genuine business change, with findings successfully embedded into business as usual

 

To enter:

  • Outline the aims of the project and how the project originated
  • Explain the innovation involved – how does the project break new ground?
  • What were the results of the project and how did it realise measurable benefits?
  • Outline the potential of the project for making a difference in the sector - how can this be developed further to bring benefit to all?


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Judges tip

“I will be looking for a clear statement of how the proposal is innovative, in what way will it change things.”
John Parsons, Networks Portfolio Manager, BEAMA

The Smart Cities Award

Collaboration between infrastructure providers and the smart planning and operation of urban centres has never been more important. Energy networks are one of the key partners in delivering the cities of the future, where technology will enable the most efficient use of scarce and expensive resources. However, smart cities are in their early stages, with roles and responsibilities not yet clear. Therefore, it is up to pioneers in smart city planning and operation to take the initiative – and this award will recognise those who have done just that.

The judges will be looking for:

  • An initiative that will demonstrably further the planning and/or delivery of smart city infrastructure
  • An initiative that can demonstrate collaborative working and innovation
  • An initiative that can demonstrate quantifiable benefits for customers, businesses and other stakeholders - now or in the future


To enter:

  • Outline the aims of the project and how the project originated
  • Explain the innovation involved – how does the project break new ground?
  • What were the results of the project and how did it realise measurable benefits?
  • Outline the potential of the project for making a difference in the sector - how can this be developed further to bring benefit to all?


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Judges tip

 “A winner for me has to be innovative either in business model application or technical challenge that delivers either demonstrable process improvement or end user delight for the best value (not necessarily lowest cost!)”
Duncan Botting, Managing Director, Global Smart Transformation

Partnership Initiative of the Year

At all stages of the supply chain, the industry is pioneering effective partnerships between network operators, SMEs, contractors and subcontractors. Working closely through partnerships can produce major improvements in efficiency, customer service and overall performance.

This award will recognise an alliance, or other form of collaborative partnership, that has delivered outstanding benefits in the last year.

The judges will be looking for: 

  • Evidence of the benefits of collaborative working
  • Partnerships that have delivered quantifiable benefits for all their partners, for customers and for other stakeholders
  • Evidence of longevity and a commitment to the partnership’s future, where appropriate

 

To enter: 

  • Outline the aims of the partnership initiative and how it originated
  • Provide evidence of innovation, new approaches and fresh thinking – how does the partnership break new ground?
  • What results has the partnership achieved and how has it realised measurable benefits?
  • Explain how the partnership may be developed further and what the long-term potential of the partnership is.


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Judges tip

“Make sure you provide the judges with evidence of your real-world achievements, not just your aspirations.”
John Scott, Independent Consultant and Director of Chiltern Power

Heat Network Project of the Year

A large percentage of the UK’s carbon emissions come from heat – but the challenge of decarbonising how we heat our homes and businesses has lagged behind the arguably more glamorous decarbonisation of power generation. Heat networks, however, have led the way in providing an alternative approach, and are fast gaining popularity across the country, as new providers pile into the sector. This award recognises an outstanding heat network project with a demonstrable commitment to sustainability, and to the communities it serves.

The judges will be looking for: 

  • Evidence of innovation – how is this heat network project offering something new to the market, and providing an alternative to traditional heating solutions?
  • Evidence of commitment to the communities the heat network project serves, and of stakeholder engagement that goes above and beyond business as usual
  • Evidence of a robust and sustainable business model


To enter: 

  • Outline the aims of the project and how the project originated
  • Explain the innovation involved – how does the project break new ground?
  • What were the results of the project and how did it realise measurable benefits?
  • Outline the potential of the project for making a difference in the sector - how can this be developed further to bring benefit to all?


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Judges tip

“I’d like to see clear communication of overall outcomes - demonstrating the benefit to customers will be crucial!”
Lily Frencham, Senior Policy Manager, The Association for Decentralised Energy

Stakeholder Engagement Initiative of the Year

Stakeholder engagement is a core element of RIIO1, with significant reputational and financial incentives. The enhanced emphasis on engagement under the RIIO framework has led to better engagement between network companies and their stakeholders.

This award recognises breakthroughs in stakeholder engagement, and seeks examples of where networks have gone above and beyond their statutory requirements.

The judges will be looking for: 

  • Quantifiable evidence of how engagement has benefited stakeholders
  • Evidence of going beyond regulatory requirements and business as usual
  • Evidence of how the engagement, or the learnings/benefits from the engagement, will be embedded into the business in future

 

To enter: 

  • Outline the aims of the project and how the project originated
  • Explain the innovation involved – how does the project break new ground?
  • What were the results of the project and how did it realise measurable benefits?
  • Outline the potential of the project for making a difference in the sector - how can this be developed further to bring benefit to all?
     

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Judges tip

“Evidence of an initiative's impact is as important as explaining how it was delivered.”
Ashleye Gunn, Independent Consumer Policy Consultant

The ‘Gamechanger’ Award (for new products/technologies)

As energy networks prepare for a radically different future, they are seeking new products and technologies that will help them meet changing customer needs efficiently and effectively. This award will recognise the new technology or product that is most likely to change the game for networks, with potential to create lasting benefits for the business, its customers and other stakeholders.

The judges will be looking for: 

  • Evidence of innovation - does this product or technology help utilities do something genuinely new or different, that goes beyond business as usual?
  • Quantifiable evidence of the benefit the product creates, for the business, its customers and other stakeholders
  • Evidence of applicability across the industry: could this product or technology help more than one network business?


To enter:

  • Outline the purpose of the technology and how it originated
  • Explain the Innovation behind the technology – how does it break new ground?
  • What results has the technology achieved so far and how has it demonstrated benefits for customers, the business and/or other stakeholders?
  • Outline the potential of the technology for making a difference in the sector - how can this be developed further to bring benefit to all?


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Judges tip

“What excites me are innovations that have made a really creative inventive step, either from smart thinking within the organisation, or clever adaptation or interpretation of an innovation or technology from another area.  So, I’m looking for that “hey that’s clever” feeling!”
Mark Thompson, Head of Energy, Innovate UK

Data Project of the Year

The emergence of ‘big data’ presents significant challenges and opportunities to networks and their partners. Networks need effective systems that make the right information available to the right people at the right time. Working closely with IT, technology and communications companies and through human resource training, networks can make rapid improvements to their efficiency and cost base by strategic use of data. Best practice will be recognised for data projects and technologies that produce efficiency gains, customer benefit, safer working, cost reductions, more sustainable outcomes.

The judges will be looking for: 

  • Quantifiable evidence of how the project benefited the business and its customers and/or other stakeholders
  • Evidence of innovation that goes beyond business as usual
  • Learnings for the wider industry

 

To enter: 

  • Outline the aims of the project and how the project originated
  • Explain the innovation involved – how does the project break new ground?
  • What were the results of the project and how did it realise measurable benefits?
  • Outline the potential of the project for making a difference in the sector - how can this be developed further to bring benefit to all?


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Judges tip

“What I’d like to see in a winner is clear evidence of innovation, collaboration and how this has helped benefit the sector.”
Akshay Kaul, Director of Network Price Controls, Ofgem

Contractor of the Year

The network industry relies on its contractors and supply chain partners to drive forward best practice in construction, innovative techniques and sustainability, while maintaining high health and safety and employment standards.

This award will recognise the contractor which can best demonstrate a combination of commercial success, agenda-setting innovation, environmental stewardship and workforce best practice through its work in 2018.

The judges will be looking for: 

  • Quantifiable evidence of innovation, and of the benefits this has created for businesses, customers and other stakeholders
  • A commitment to sustainability
  • A robust and profitable business model
  • A business that develops its staff and looks after both staff and the public, with a strong record in health and safety
  • A business that genuinely engages with customers and other stakeholders, and is able to demonstrate how this engagement has shaped its strategy


To enter:

  • Please describe the extent of growth and financial success the company has achieved in the sector during 2018, providing figures where possible.
  • Please provide evidence of how the company is innovating and leading the industry in new techniques or practices.
  • Please provide evidence of how the company is working to reduce the impact of its work on the environment and make the most efficient use of resources.
  • Please explain in what ways the company is investing in its people, improving their skills, safety and well-being for the long term.
     

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Judges tip

“The pace of innovation and change in our sector is greater than it has ever been before – I’m looking forward to hearing about some of the brightest and most creative projects out there that really encapsulate that.”
Ed Gill, UK & European Head of Press and Public Affairs, The Energy Networks Association

Apprentice of the Year

With the energy and engineering industry facing a major and growing shortage of skills, apprenticeship schemes have never been more important. Networks and their partners are leading the way in bringing new talent into the industry, and this award will recognise the industry’s stars of the future.

The judges will be looking for: 

  • Apprentices that are in the process of or have recently completed accredited apprenticeships with a network or one of their partners
  • Apprentices that have already made a quantifiable contribution to the business and/or its customers and other stakeholders, that goes beyond the requirements of their course
  • Evidence of passion for and commitment to a career in energy networks


To enter:

  • Outline the individual’s background, skills and learning needs
  • How did the individual apply themselves to the learning process – what was impressive about their attitude and behaviour?
  • What results did he/she achieve and in what ways did they excel during the learning process?
  • How has his/her training benefited the team, the employer and the industry overall?


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Independent Network of the Year

Independent Network Operators (IDNOs), Independent Connection Providers (ICPs) and Independent Gas Transporters (IGTs) face the challenge of having to understand the requirements of and work alongside both distribution network operators (DNOs) and gas distribution network operators (GDNOs) to achieve their customers challenging connection deadlines. This award will recognise the one that can best demonstrate meeting these timescales, collaborative working, operational resilience and customer commitment through its work in 2018.

The judges will be looking for: 

  • Evidence of working alongside DNOs/GDNOs to achieve connection deadlines
  • Evidence of meeting design requirements
  • Evidence of innovation and a commitment to customers
  • Quantifiable evidence of cost efficiency, including the benefits this has created for the business, customers and other stakeholders.


To enter: 

  • Please describe the highlights of the company’s operational performance during 2018, providing figures where possible.
  • Please provide evidence of how the company is innovating and leading the industry in new techniques or practices.
  • Please provide evidence of how the company is working to achieve connection deadlines and meet design requirements.
  • Please explain in what ways the company is investing in its people, improving their skills, safety and wellbeing for the long term.


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Health and Safety Initiative of the Year

This award recognises exceptional commitment to all-round health and safety by a company or organisation within the industry. Entrants must demonstrate an innovative, robust and high-quality safety management system and evidence of health and safety performance that goes beyond statutory requirements.

The judges will be looking for: 

  • An initiative that successfully improved health and safety performance, of either staff or the general public, or both
  • Evidence that this initiative is supported by a strong health and safety culture within the business
  • Evidence that the initiative will have ongoing health and safety benefits for the business’s workforce, partners and customers


To enter:

  • Outline the aims of the project and how the project originated
  • Explain the innovation involved – how does the project break new ground?
  • What were the results of the project and how did it realise measurable benefits?
  • Outline the potential of the project for making a difference in the sector - how can this be developed further to bring benefit to all?

 

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Network of the Year

Network companies not only have a primary duty to serve their customers well today, but are also asked to prepare for the energy system of tomorrow through innovative practices, the smart use of technology and dynamic change to their business models.

This award will recognise the network company which can best demonstrate a combination of customer service, agenda-setting innovation, operational resilience and workforce best practice through its work in 2018.

The judges will be looking for:

  • An outstanding record of delivery, with a strong operational performance, reflected in high customer satisfaction scores
  • An excellent record of stakeholder engagement, and the ability to demonstrate how this has shaped the business’s strategy
  • Evidence of a commitment to innovation, and a record of embedding innovation back in to business as usual
  • Evidence of a strong approach to sustainability within the organisation
  • A strong regulatory, and robust financial performance, that reflects best practice with regard to corporate governance and financial transparency


To enter:

  • Please describe the highlights of the company’s operational performance during 2018, providing figures where possible.
  • Please provide evidence of how the company is innovating and leading the industry in new techniques or practices.
  • Please provide evidence of how the company is working to reduce the impact of its work on the environment and make the most efficient use of resources.
  • Please explain in what ways the company is investing in its people, improving their skills, safety and wellbeing for the long term.
     

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Judging process

The judges will be assigned categories and will review entries received via an online system. They will then submit their marks on individual entries.

On the judging day the judges will discuss each of the categories. Judges will be provided with a score and comment card for each entry. Once the scoring has been completed a shortlist will be drawn up and all shortlisted entrants will be notified.

Then throughout the year we will be publishing detailed case studies looking at how our winners achieved their awards success on both the print and digital platforms of Network Magazine.

Eligibility

The Network Awards feature a range of categories allowing businesses and schemes of all sizes to enter. They are open to network operators, the supply chain, contractors and local authorities who are involved in shaping the energy system.

In most cases the initiative, project or scheme should be completed during the financial year 2017/18.

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