News – November 2017

Project update Bethesda North Wales – results from our 1st survey of participants  

ogwEN SHOPFRONT IMAGEWe’ve just published the results from our first survey of participants. You can download the full report click here.

The results show that the average saving for the majority of people involved between the months of November 2016 and July 2017 was 24%! Hydro generated electricity accounted for nearly 50% of their electricity use. The survey also asked people about the social aspects of the project, clarity of information and their motivations for taking part.

Energy Local commended by Community Energy England Awards 2017

Energy Local hasCEE award was highly commended by the Community Renewable Energy Project Award.  We’re really proud to have been recognised for this work and very grateful to all our partners and supporters, especially those who have been working with us in Bethesda this year.  CEE said about Energy Local: 

“At its heart is the desire, shared by so many in the community energy world, to use renewable energy to directly benefit the lives of communities. Stated by one judge as potentially a “game changer” and by another as a project that “could be the holy grail of what community energy could be”.

Even smarter, smart meters

The next step in testing better communications with smart meters for homes with poor mobile or GPRS signal has begun! There were two homes in Bethesda where we have struggled to communicate at all with smart meters.  This meant we would not have been able to read how much power they were using automatically – preventing them joining Energy Local.  Now an organisation called Energy Assets are testing out using broadband.  Once this approach has been accepted by the industry we can get them onto the Energy Local project.