Welcome to the Summer 2023 issue of Buying and Using Utilities.

Published four times a year, B+UU magazine is delivered direct to the country’s most influential corporate energy and water buyers.

The theme of this issue is who’s leading the way to decarbonisation?

With articles on saving water; the global drive for more climate disclosures; hydrogen for home heating; how a water action plan could save money and stop waste; the role of storage in unlocking clean energy’s full potential as well as a full review of our Spring Conference.

MEUC Update
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Robin Hale, MEUC Chief Executive, reviews the MEUC’s Spring Energy and Water Conference

MEUC Update
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Eddie Proffitt, MEUC Technical Director, asks ‘will the public accept hydrogen for home heating’?

MEUC Update
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Karma Loveday, MEUC Water Adviser, discusses changes the water watchdog is recommending

Parliamentary Insights
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Geoff Davies reports on a barrage of major energy sector reports from Insights and for Government to strengthen energy security

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Ameresco’s Kath Chapman, looks at the global drive for more climate-related disclosures for the use of stakeholders

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Graham Mann of SwitchWaterSupplier.com discusses why regenerative design is the new sustainability

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Report highlights the role of storage in unlocking clean energy’s full potential, plus new trading solutions to help businesses reduce energy bills

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David Kipling of On-Site Energy, questions whether decarbonisation and savings plans could be derailed by the grid

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Water Plus discusses how a water action plan this summer could save money and stop waste

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Barry Hurst, of Enel X UK, looks at ways the food and beverage businesses can reduce their energy spend, generate revenue and
support grid stability

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Anthony Ainsworth of npower Business Solutions, asks if the energy crisis was still impacting business confidence

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Oli Shelley, of Wave, dives into the water reduction target and offers advice on how to work towards it

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Rebecca Rosling, EDF’s Head of Smart Customers, offers an innovative approach to a Net Zero future

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Review of industry support for the MEUC’s recent Spring event in London

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ENGIE Impact’s Robert Brown argues that the 2050 target for Net Zero Carbon emissions could be an ambitious goal

Directory Listing of suppliers and services

Upcoming Events

Members’ Meeting
Tue 13 June (13.00 – 17.00)

An afternoon meeting, hosted by Baringa, in London for MEUC Members and invited guests, covering regulatory and market updates, risk management, onsite generation and PPAs.

Summer Networking Reception
Tue 13 June (18.30 – 20.30)

Our Summer Networking Reception at the House of Lords, hosted by Lord Teverson.

Major Water Users’ Ideas Exchange Webinar
Wed 14 June (10.30 – 12.30)

The first meeting of a new MEUC group that will enable members to share experiences, raise issues and identify priorities

Energy Update Webinar
Thu 14 September (14.00 – 16.00)

MEUC’s ‘Energy Update’ Webinar led by Eddie Proffitt, MEUC’s Technical Director provides a monthly update and an opportunity to gain your feedback and experiences to share with your peers.

Autumn Conference and Exhibition
Thu 5 October (09.00 – 17.00)
The MTC, Ansty Business Park, Coventry

Join us at our Autumn Conference and Exhibition at the MTC, Ansty Park, Coventry and experience the ‘power’ of the MEUC.