Newsletter – September 2015


Energy Local Newsletter

September 2015

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



The first homes have had our equipment installed. Some have are have a smart plug to control appliances, others are homes with solar panels.

Installations have gone quite smoothly but please bear with us as we sort out a few teething problems. Thanks to our participants for giving the electricians access to their homes and for their patience.

We are aiming for the rest – including homes with electric storage heating – to be completed by the end of October/beginning of November.


RegenSW Business Innovation Award

Energy Local has been shortlisted for a Business Innovation Award. We’ll find out whether we’ve won at a conference, exhibition and awards evening in Bath on 25th November.

“Regen SW is an independent not for profit organisation that uses its expertise to work with industry, communities and the public sector to revolutionise the way we generate, supply and use energy. Its functions are to help towards the development of renewable energy in the South West, by giving independent advice to decision makers, assisting independent developers, investing in trial microgeneration or utility scale projects and informing the public about renewable energy.”


Support from Pure Leapfrog and Simmons and Simmons

Many thanks to Pure Leapfrog and Simmons and Simmons for arranging pro bono legal support to look at the legal aspects of contracts and constitutions with us.  Another jigsaw piece in the puzzle.

“Pure Leapfrog is the leading provider of social investment and professional support to community energy projects in the UK. Their mission is to ensure that community energy becomes a significant part of the sustainable energy mix in the UK.”


Community Energy Awards 2015

Energy Local was Highly Commended for Community Energy England’s Community Energy Innovation Award at the ceremony on the 5th September after this year’s Community Energy Conference.

“The awards celebrate and recognise the outstanding achievements made by community energy organisations across the UK and the dedication of their staff and volunteers. The unsung heroes helping their communities save and make energy and money and eradicate the scourge of fuel poverty.”


Community Energy in Northwest Wales

Tom did a great job introducing Energy Local to communities in North West Wales at a ‘Community Energy Wales’ event at Electric Mountain, Llanberis on 25th September.

There was lots of enthusiasm and we hope to be able to work with them in the near future.

“Community Energy Wales is a not for profit membership organisation that has been set up to provide assistance and a voice to community groups working on energy projects in Wales. We want to help create the conditions in Wales that allow community energy projects to flourish, and communities to prosper.”


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