Leaders of Britain’s code administrators and delivery bodies hooked up last night over the internet to mark the end of another busy year and to beat away the Covid-19 blues. Their mission: to identify songs that would bring joy to their home-alone colleagues.
The awards were divided into five categories with an overall winner. The outright winner (best sing along at home category), was a cleverly reworked version of Queen’s Bohemian Raphsody, given its topicality (click link at end of page)
Category winners were:
- In the year 2050, Zager and Evans (version) (Net zero award, entered by the Climate Change Committee). The panellists were impressed by the song’s commitment to early action, noting that humanity would probably be extinct by 2525;
- 49 Shades of Green, the Ames Brothers (Retail award, sponsored by Ofgem EServe). No-one present could remember why, over 12 years on from the 2008 Act, the industry could not agree on basic definitions like “green”, “low carbon” and “additionality”, but most participants thought the song had a strong tune although they had never heard of it);
- What have I done to deserve this?, Pet Shop Boys. (Wholesale award, sponsored by Energy Systems Catapult). There was a lively debate around this one, and a lengthy discussion on whether this should be admissible because code administrators and delivery bodies are only bothered about large generation which can anyway apply for a CfD
- The Man Machine, Kraftwerk (Technology award, sponsored by the EMR Delivery Body). The Delivery Body also received a commendation for its dogged application of the letter of the regulations irrespective of whether this was a good thing or not; and
- Hard Times, Human League (Retail award, selected by Citizen’s Help). The award was confirmed but only after CEO Julian Mann had to be muted for repeatedly pointing out that consumers were supposed to be at the centre of the market, which meant competition not codes should be the focus.
Commenting on the proceedings, Max Bygraves of the Settlement and Balancing Code said: “It was a great night. We all missed Eurovision. So we thought we’d do our bit to fill the gap, and above all show how the SBC can bring everyone together. It’s a time to consolidate.”
Chair of the Code of Unified Networks Gaz Stovepipe added: “I think we all took away the feelgood factor. But if there is a time to unite us, it is not now. Diversity is very important to hard-pressed families and businesses who are having trouble making ends meet. We all need to recognise we are all different with different traditions, and it’s important to preserve those cultural differences if we are to meet net zero.”
The evening was capped off with a rousing rendition of the winning song (specially edited).