SWELL – Watchfield, Shrivenham and Longcot
Watchfield, Shrivenham and Longcot were selected for a trial co-funded by InnovateUK. There are 7 partners: Energy Local, Exergy Devices, Oxford University ECI, De Montfort University, Moixa, Weset and Energise Sussex Coast. You can read more about these organisations on our Partners page. Cooperative Energy is supporting the trial.
We had 48 households testing equipment which has been designed to control electrical devices (in particular storage heaters and water heaters). The controls help ‘match’ local demand with local solar generation and ‘shift’ electricity usage into low price periods. There was also a display to show usage and the cheap times of day to use power.
The first stage of the trial involved monitoring usage for a few months. In October 2015 we installed the control equipment and started the main part of the trial for a year.
The technology ran alongside your normal supply to calculate the savings that would have been made on an Energy Local tariff. We paid each household the share of these savings in shopping vouchers.
Oxford University surveyed the participants at the beginning, middle and end of the trial.
De Montfort University modelled the impact of Energy Local across the country.
The project is now closed – the reports of the project are here