Newsletter – September 2016

1. Energy Local shines at the 2016 Community Energy Conference

Energy Local received plenty of attention at last weekend’s Community Energy Conference.  It was great to see a full house for this event, demonstrating sustained interest and activity around community energy initiatives. Mary Gillie gave an excellent presentation on Energy Local’s approach, and it was great to hear Energy Local’s work being referred to by other speakers throughout the day.

Furthermore, Energy Local was delighted to be associated with the winner of the Collaboration Award at the Community Energy Awards 2016, announced at the conference. The Collaboration Award is given for outstanding work between community and commercial/public/third sector partners, and was recieved by Keith Jones (National Trust) on behalf of Cyd Ynni, the consortium of five community energy organisations with whom we are working to get our first Energy Local trial (Cyd Ynni-Ynni Lleol) up and running in Bethesda. Congratulations to them all: a well-deserved recognition of their hard work.

2. SWELL update and reducing your ‘baseload’ consumption

July data from our SWELL project – based in the Oxfordshire villages of Shrivenham, Watchfield and Longcot – shows that the longer, sunnier days provided at least 20% of the electricity needs of the project participants half the month.  What’s more, almost all of the energy generated was used locally – either by the generating households, or shared with other participants  – with only 6% exported to the grid.  Well done to the SWELL team for using their locally-generated power so effectively!

Energy Local’s data guru, Robin, has been taking a look at the figures, and has an interesting commentary on household ‘baseload’ energy consumption, and how we can all reduce unnecessary energy use still further.  Read more here.

3. Community Energy Wales event – still time to register

Community Energy Wales (CEW) is organising an event ‘Community Energy – New Horizons’ in Bethesda, north Wales on this coming Thursday (15 September 2016). This event will highlight some of the different ways community energy organisations are revolutionising the way we consume and use energy. Speakers will include Energy Local’s Mary Gillie, Keith Jones from the National Trust and Alun Hughes from Ynni Padarn Peris. More information and registration details are available here.

4. Confessions of a demand-shifter – cupcake or welsh cake?

Energy Local’s own demand-shifting pioneer is making the most of a lower-energy lifestyle in her new kitchen, dealing with pressing issues: cupcake or welsh cake, which is the most energy efficient? Read more here.

5. Cyd Ynni:Ynni Lleol – first meters installed

Breaking news! Just yesterday, we were delighted that another milestone was reached for the Cyd Ynni:Ynni Lleol project when the first meters were installed in homes in Bethesda, north Wales.


8 September 2016