A community in the little town of Bethesda in Wales have piloted a new way of using renewables and the data from smart meters to reduce household spend.
In Bethesda, a ‘high head’ hydro takes water from the river. Gravity and water is used to turn a wheel in order to generate electricity in one of the oldest technologies. The local community benefits directly from purchasing electricity on this pilot scheme for 7-pence-per-kilowatt.
Sian Shakespear, Community Champion for the Energy Local pilot project, said: “Rather than the energy sent miles and miles over the wires from lots of different places, we are using our own indigenous energy.”
Energy Local is a new way to enable local communities to work together to pool their locally owned generation and manage local demand to reduce bills and carbon emissions. Energy Local believes that communities should be able to benefit from moving their use of energy to cheaper times of day and matching it to local generation.
The company was formed to help communities save money and carbon, and manage their energy use, through fostering new relationships with energy suppliers, the use of smart meters and technology to give consumers a helping hand in how they use power.
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