The way we buy our electricity needs to change. Right now we’re stuck in a system designed for big power stations that doesn’t let communities get the value from their local renewable resources.
So we’re supporting a new way of doing things. Energy Local gets communities working together to cut out the middlemen, reduce their bills and increase the income for renewable energy generators.
The first project is now running with 100 households in north Wales. While there’s lots of technology and clever structures behind the idea, it’s real strength comes from the community working together to have more of an influence on the energy system and the way they buy their power.
And for renewable generators across the country, the benefits could be huge. If renewable generators can get a better price for their power, then more projects will be possible, helping us move towards the low carbon future we need.
Energy Local is an innovative trial matching people to their local hydro in north Wales. For Carwyn, it's the clever innovation he loves being part of.
Energy Local is an innovative trial matching people to their local hydro in north Wales. For Tom, the project has really brought a sense of community pride to the small town.
Energy Local is an innovative trial matching people to their local hydro in north Wales. We caught up with one of the participants about what it's like using local resources.
"I hope people will look back at this when it’s happening all over Britain."
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