Young Energy Professionals recognise those making an outstanding contribution to customers, the economy and the environment
The energy sector makes a significant contribution to our environment, the economy and to customers. We are world-leading in decarbonisation, invested £13.1B and the energy transition is delivering increased choice and innovative products to customers.
In celebration of achievements of the sector, and to highlight those driving positive change, this year our members’ Annual Lunch featured - for the first time - the presentation of three awards, judged by the Energy UK Young Energy Professionals (YEP) Forum Steering Committee.
The YEP Forum is a network to promote the latest generation of energy industry professionals. It provides opportunities for them to collaborate, develop and recognise successes.
The awards recognise outstanding contributions made by individual companies to the economy, the environment and to customers:
Winner of the Award for Contribution to the Environment
Good Energy - Good Energy have shown relentless support of small-scale renewable generators. The electricity they provide is sourced from over 1,400 different locations in the UK, harnessing energy from the sun, wind, rain and biofuels. Despite their relatively small size, they are one of the UK’s largest Feed-In Tariff providers. Their whole business model is fundamental to the growth of local renewable energy generation, creating a marketplace for smaller and home generators to receive income for the generation of their renewables assets.
Winner of the Award for Contribution to the Economy
Ørsted - 350 people are now based at the Hornsea and East Coast Hub at Grimsby's Royal Dock. Ørsted is understood to have invested £24 million into the project boosting the local economy and helping transform Grimsby. The Humber region is now considered the most important global hub for offshore wind and thanks to Ørsted’s ambitions, its largest supplier Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has invested in a turbine blade factory creating a further 1000 jobs in the area.
Winner of the Award for Contribution to Customers
Octopus Energy – Octopus Energy has focused on making web accessibility for customers a priority. All digital communications have been optimised specifically for customers with low vision, deafness, dyslexia, anxiety, for those on the autism spectrum and for those using screen readers. In addition to this, Octopus has recognised that people who experience anxiety can struggle to use unfamiliar sites. They’ve launched a Facebook chat sign-up that asks all the same questions as Octopus website, but in a more familiar and informal setting.
Paul Lowbridge, Chair of the Young Energy Professionals (YEP) Forum, and Balancing and Services Revenue Manager at National Grid ESO, said:
“I’m delighted the YEP Forum has been able to compile and select the shortlist and award winners announced today.
“The energy sector is at the very forefront of innovation and technology as we drive forward our ambitions to achieve net-zero, strengthen our economy and serve customers better, with many YEP Forum members involved in driving this forward across the sector.
“There are so many amazing examples and companies making outstanding contributions across the sector so it certainly wasn’t an easy choice. Congratulations to the winners and all the companies shortlisted.”
Notes to Editors
- The winners were announced at the Energy UK annual lunch on 4 December 2019.
- Energy UK is the trade association for the GB energy industry with a membership of over 100 suppliers, generators, and stakeholders with a business interest in the production and supply of electricity and gas for domestic and business consumers. Our membership covers over 90% of both UK power generation and the energy supply market for UK homes. We represent the diverse nature of the UK’s energy industry – from established FTSE 100 companies right through to new, growing suppliers and generators, which now make up over half of our membership.
- Young Energy Professionals (YEP) Forum is a network to promote the next generation of energy industry professionals, providing opportunities to collaborate, develop and recognise successes. It is completely free to become a member of the Forum, click here, enter your details and become a member today.
- In 2018, the energy sector generated £85.6bn in economic activity. It employs 144,000 people directly, with a further 620,000 employed indirectly through supply chains. Since 1990, the power sector has lowered CO2 emissions by 68%, representing 60% of the overall economy-wide reduction in CO2 emissions.