Newsletter – August 2017

Energy Local project update, Bethesda North Wales

Thanks to our Energy Champions 

We metEL champions up with our Energy Local champions, who have been helping households to understand how Energy Local works and what they can do make the most of cost savings available. They spoke directly with our partners Cooperative Energy to feedback on the experiences of households. We’d like to thank them for all their hard work in helping others to take part in this scheme and learn how to use their energy in a totally new way. You can read an interview with Carwyn, one of our Energy Local champions, here.

Energy efficiency in homes 

Judith Kaufman has been giving working with households in Bethesda on a one-to-one basis to understand the simple steps they can take to save energy around the home, carrying out home energy assessments. Feedback from members has been that they would also like information on the trickier energy efficiency measures – like solid wall insulation for older homes.  We will be planning an event around these measures at the end of September and will also be able to give an update on next steps for Energy Local in Bethesda.

Working towards for the roll out of Energy Local nationally 

Welsh projects

Wethe-hydro-energylocal crop have been working hard on developing around a dozen potential new Energy Local projects with local energy generators and their communities. We now need to secure grant funding and partnerships, however we are not short of enthusiasm from communities or ambition! Watch this space, hopefully we will be able to update more on this next month! 


Tools for new Energy Local communities 

Work continues on the energy modelling toolkit to help communities with an interest in generating more local renewable energy understand whether their schemes could stack up financially by being part of an Energy Local club. We’ll be testing the model initially with several potential new projects in Wales. We’re also doing some exciting work developing on line tools and a potential app for households to make it easy for them to match their energy use with local renewable energy generated.