News – February 2018

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Two new Energy Local Clubs to start in Wales

Energy Local Crickhowell is to start recruitment for its initial membership in early 2018. The Club will use both community and privately owned hydro generators in the local area. The potential member areas of Crickhowell, Llangattock, Lnangynidr and Llanbedr are vibrant communities with well organised groups and long-running community initiatives. We expect there to be great interest in the Energy Local opportunity. In the longer term, there are several more hydro schemes and some large solar PV generators also connected to Crickhowell which we aim to engage with once the Club is established.

Carmarthenshire Energy Ltd are looking to develop Energy Local on two sites in Carmarthenshire. The first site is in Llangadog, in the Tywi Valley. There is Anaerobic Digestion plant being run by AGL Energy. They hope to produce electricity from green waste, grass, silage and hedge trimmings. This unit will be supplemented by a high-head hydro installation, recently built by Brecon Beacons National Park on Garreg Lwyd in the Black Mountains. The second site is in Pentrecwrt, Llandysul in the Teifi Valley. The Allt Cafan woolen mill was a major employer up to the 1980s. There is still a weir, leat and weaving shed. Carms Energy hold full permissions to reinstate the 100kW hydro. This can be supplemented by a locally owned 150kW PV system.

Meet our new team members Linda and Holly

I’m Linda Hilton and I am a PhD chemist. I have worked for large and small organisations including Unilever, Amec, the European Commission, Arvia Technology and Samarind Regulatory Management Systems. I joined Energy Local to manage the development of the Brownie system and dashboard that helps people to easily shift their electricity usage to when there is plenty of local generation available, or to when the tariff is cheaper. In the past month, I have been testing our system here at home, so that everyone can benefit from this “little helping hand” when we release it. I was attracted to Energy Local because of its ethical values and its passion to help people save money, promote social cohesion and look after the planet.

Hello, I am Holly Tomlinson.  After studying politics, economics and law, I spent six years working for the renewable energy company, Ecotricity. I was really excited to learn about Energy Local as an innovative way to support renewable energy; bring benefits to local communities; and reward changes in energy use that make the whole system more efficient.   Since joining the team, I have worked with the partner supplier, Co-operative Energy improving processes and on preparing for the next Energy Local clubs and worked on a new project applying the Energy Local model to a business customer in Scotland. I have recently moved to North Wales, not far from Bethesda, and live on a co-operative vegetable farm. Here, I help with admin and every now so often get my hands dirty growing veg.