Newsletter – June 2015

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Energy Local Newsletter

June 2015

Our general newsletter to keep all those interested in Energy Local up to date.

Energy Local Wins Prestigious Stephen Lloyd Award.

Energy Local won the inaugural Stephen Lloyd Award on Thursday.  Created by his friends and colleagues in memory of Stephen Lloyd, it is awarded to support new social enterprises that aim to initiate systemic and sustainable change in society.  .  Shortlisted to the last 10 candidate social enterprises from 103 applicants, Energy Local presented its vision of its market and social innovation that can transform the lives of 100 000s by tackling fuel poverty and create a cleaner, greener future by accelerating the growth of community renewables at a special event at the London Offices of Bates Wells Braithwaite who played host for the night last Thursday.  The other 9 candidates also offered exciting and valuable initiatives and therefore the competition was stiff and was decided on a vote from supporters.  To see more about the award and the other two deserving winners visit their website –

Not only does it provide Energy Local with funding but also a network of valuable in-kind support from a range of expertise, all of which will allow us to accelerate the development of Energy Local and benefit communities faster.  We are hugely grateful for the support and enthusiasm for Energy Local that in itself renews our energy.  Time to deliver!

Energy Local and Westmill feature in The Guardian

Energy Local and Westmill get a mention in an article by Leo Murray in the Guardian 10th July 2015 – ‘The UK energy system is in thrall to giant utilities – all at customers’ expense‘.

We are a bit of good news in a report on the problems of the UK energy market. 


‘Reserve’ places available on

SWELL trial

(Shrivenham Watchfield Energy Local with Longcot) 

We now have the 50 homes needed signed up for the trial but there’s always the possibility of people moving away etc. before the trial starts in September. So, if you live in (or close to) Shrivenham, Watchfield or Longcot and you’d like to go on our ‘reserve’ list then please –

 Click here for the Energy Local trial leaflet and

 Click here to sign up for our trial.

Email or

call or text 07811 085661



Almost all SWELL participants have now had an electrician’s survey and are cleared to have the equipment installed with only a few needing some very minor electrical work which will be discussed with the households.

The electricians were supplied by Moixa who will also be providing 10 homes with battery technology.

Following the surveys we are putting together some general energy efficiency advice for everyone and we will provide specific feedback to each particiapnt too.

Each participant will receive a monitor to use to collect a single day’s electricity usage readings before the trial starts. Twenty homes have already done this.   Everyone will receive a 24 hour diary to record their energy usage for just one day to help Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute with pre-trial ‘baseline’ data.

The customer display is almost complete and will be shown to some participants for comments around the end of July.


SWELL Public Launch at Westmill

On 20th June Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust (WeSET) held a public launch event for the SWELL trial to introduce it to people attending Westmill Wind and Solar Farms Open Day and the Westmill Solar Co-op AGM. WeSET is a local charity which promotes sustainable energy and energy efficiency. It is funded with donations from Westmill Windfarm Co-op and Westmill Solar Co-op.

WeSET is proud to be involved in the SWELL trial and is the local coordinator for the project.


SWELL – Next Steps

July and August

• Feedback will be available from the electrician’s surveys.

• Load monitoring continues and ECI will start to ask some participants to keep a diary during the 24 hours of monitoring.

• A few participants will be asked if they can give feedback on the user interface.

From September

• We will be able to start installing the trial equipment and the trial will be properly underway.


 RSA Engage Event

“The mission of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is to enrich society through ideas and action”.

Mary ‘pitched’ the Energy Local idea to Fellows of the RSA in Manchester on 23rd June. This led to several new and very useful contacts who will be helping the project over the coming months – and hopefully much longer.


Energy use and its Cost

We have written a leaflet on ‘Energy use and its Cost’

Click here to read (or right click to download) the leaflet


That’s all until next month. Follow us on twitter and keep an eye out for ‘Latest News‘ on the website till then.

Pete Benson