Electricity firm named ‘Engineering Company of the Year’

The UK’s biggest electricity distributor has won a top national industry award for its data-driven approach to enabling the transition to Net Zero.
UK Power Networks won the Engineering Company of the Year prize at the British Data Awards.

UK Power Networks, which distributes electricity across London, the South East and East of England, won the prize for Engineering Company of the Year at last night’s British Data Awards (May 20).

Judges were particularly impressed with the in-house analytics team’s approach to engagement and supporting the business in its digital ambitions – a best-in-class approach which includes establishing an analytics centre of excellence, a secondment programme in partnership with other departments, and supporting: 

  • 700 managers studying in UK Power Networks’ Leadership Academy
  • The team delivered nearly 900 hours of additional training for colleagues, in data and analytics skills with the sessions receiving an average feedback score of 9.6/10.

Alex Mahon, head of analytics at UK Power Networks, said: “We have a responsibility to enable a fair and just transition to Net Zero at the lowest cost for our customers. To do this means taking a data-driven approach, thinking outside the box and pushing boundaries in an industry historically resistant to change. Our in-house analytics team have put in tireless effort to revolutionise the way UK Power Networks operates, to make sure we can achieve this.

“Winning this award is a significant validation for those involved and gives recognition to the successes and failures we have learned from and continue to build upon. We know this will inspire further innovation both within the business and the wider sector, to stretch the limits of what the utility industry can achieve.” 


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