The Future of Utilities Blog

Our "Future of Utilities" blog is the product of extensive research, designed to keep you ahead in the fast-evolving commercial energy and business water sectors.

You will find articles, guides and opinion pieces ranging from actionable tips to reduce your water bills to in-depth analyses on renewable energy trends and speculative subjects like the utilities death spiral.

Algal bloom Fertiliser Pollution in Rivers

Fertiliser pollution poses a significant threat to the health of the UK’s rivers, with 70% of nitrogen and 25% of phosphorus in UK waters attributed to agricultural runoff. The idyllic River Wye has become a globally renowned case where nutrient runoff from intensive poultry farming has led to severe ecological damage, including a 90% loss…

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Gone bust Business water suppliers going bust

The principal idea behind the deregulated business water industry is that private companies can apply for a retail licence and compete with other suppliers to offer water services. Without business water suppliers, water companies are a natural monopoly, compelling customers to pay water bills issued by their local water company. Introducing competition among suppliers enhances…

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Nuclear stack Sizewell C: Nuclear dawn or dusk?

Sizewell C is the second nuclear power station to be constructed in the UK since 1995. It will add about 25,000 GWh of electricity to the national grid (~8% of national annual consumption) using the latest generation of EPR reactors, which are safer, cleaner, and more efficient than any of its predecessors. Construction is due…

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Storm sewage Sewage pollution in rivers

“The most recent wastewater discharge data indicates that Thames Water diverted sewage directly into the River Mole for 920 hours in 2023. This is equivalent to 38 days, or almost 10% of the year.” Over the past decade, the British water industry has been sleepwalking into murky waters. A growing proportion of domestic sewage produced…

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Energy efficiency tips for businesses Energy efficiency tips for businesses

In today’s business landscape, energy efficiency isn’t just an environmental responsibility—it’s a strategic move to significantly reduce costs. This article unveils five low-cost, high-impact tips designed to reduce your gas and electricity consumption. We’ve backed each recommendation with facts and figures from scientific research to demonstrate the savings you can expect. Each of our tips…

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Business energy grants Business energy grants

Business energy grants are financial incentives intended to encourage companies to invest in making their business greener. These generous grants are a key part of the government’s building for 2050 plan. Explore how your business can benefit from government energy grants promoting green initiatives, such as heat pump installation, enhanced building insulation, and renewable energy…

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