It’s been a busy year for all things utilities – an industry in a constant state of transformation and exciting evolution as we steadily transition to a smarter, more efficient, energy system.

2017 has been full of big news in smart energy terms, including developments in the ever-expanding EV revolution, the UK government’s ambitious Clean Growth Strategy, and the industry hype surrounding Blockchain.

Aside from Blockchain, the main contender for energy buzz word of the year (or in this case buzz phrase) has undoubtedly been the ‘Four Ds’ - Digitalisation, Decarbonisation, Decentralisation and Democratisation.

Part of the ‘Four Ds’ great appeal is that they neatly sum up what is going on in the energy industry right now, so unsurprisingly, it is these interweaving themes that feature very predominantly in our own Top Five Blogs of the Year.

So, without further ado, we’ve crunched the all-important numbers and can reveal that our most read sms-plc.com articles of 2017 are as follows:

Will offshore wind’s big wins be a turning point for the energy industry?

Back in September, the record-breaking contracts awarded for off-shore UK wind farms marked a significant moment for the future of renewable energy generation in this country. We analysed the dramatic fall in prices for offshore wind power, how it has helped dispel presumptions about the cost of decarbonisation, and perhaps most importantly, spurred further conversation about how we should meet growing energy demand. Read our blog.

Non-energy costs: how to prepare for 2018’s price rises

After writing about the unstoppable rise of non-energy costs in July, we followed that up with a blog informing of the growing number of charging amendments set to further contribute to rising energy bills in 2018. Luckily for you, even now there is still sufficient time for your organisation to stem the potential impact on bills. But hurry! Read our blog.

Smart meters: paving the way for our future energy system

Far from just allowing us to understand our energy usage better, smart meters are in fact pivotal to a monumental digital transformation that will change our energy system forever.  Can you get any more ‘Four D’ than that? Read our blog.

Why confidence in energy efficiency investment keeps on rising

With Energy Efficiency Trends reporting in June on a particularly upbeat sector during the first quarter of the year, we looked at the reasons why – despite a backdrop of political instability and uncertainty over a number of energy-related issues – investment in energy efficiency remains buoyant. Read our blog.

Can supply of EV charging infrastructure catch up with rocketing EV demand?

One of the biggest challenges facing the widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK is the current shortage in EV charging infrastructure. However, developments in 2017 suggest the technology could be approaching a tipping point. Read our blog.

We hope you enjoyed our content in 2017, we'll be back with more industry insights in 2018! In the meantime, if you'd like to talk to us about any of the themes in this blog, don't hesitate to get in touch!