How it works
Once the club is established, members will switch their electricity supplier to Co-operative Energy and the local hydro generators agree to export their electricity to the same company. The generator members receive an increased export tariff for the electricity they produce. As a consumer member of the club you will have a free smart meter fitted in your home that will record when you’re using electricity and how much it is costing you.
When club members use power when the hydros are running, the energy produced locally will be shared evenly between all the consumers using electricity at that time. The price per unit you pay will be lower than typical electricity supply tariffs, so the bills to consumers will be reduced.
Any extra power required by consumers will be provided by the electricity supplier. The price for this extra electricity depends on the time when electricity is used (known as a ‘time of use tariff’, see below). The day is split into four. You pay more for extra electricity at busy times (breakfast and tea time) and less when demand is lower.
Your smart meter will collect information about your energy use, which you’ll be able to view online. As well as this, you’ll receive customised energy reports, advice and support to help you shift your electricity use to take advantage of the best prices.
To make the most of being part of the Energy Local Club, you’ll need to shift your electricity use:
a) to when the hydro schemes are producing (which you’ll be able to check on your smartphone or tablet) and
b) away from breakfast and tea time.
An example of a time of use tariff produced by Energy Local is shown above. Electricity provided from local hydro schemes will be, for example, only 8p per kWh which is lower than typical electricity supply tariffs. Each household will be different, but we estimate you’ll be able to save between 10% – 30% on your electricity bill. The tariffs when Energy Local Crickhowell is formed may be different to this example.
How to join the club
Consumers with a domestic meter supplied from the Crickhowell substation can apply to join the club; the area served includes Cwmdu, Tretower, parts of Llangynidr, Crickhowell, Llangattock (including Ffawyddog and Hillside), Llanbedr, and parts of Llangenny and Glangrwyney.
- Register your interest at the Energy Local Crickhowell If you are uncertain whether you are supplied from Crickhowell please register your interest and we will check. There is no obligation at this stage.
- When there are sufficient registrations of interest, you will be invited to a meeting to receive further details about the Energy Local Crickhowell Club, and to have questions answered. Consumers with domestic meters will be able to join the club. The club will be formed from households in time order of registration.
- Consumers who agree to join the club will switch to Co-operative Energy.
- You will then be contacted to arrange fitting of a free smart meter; once fitted, you will move to the Energy Local Tariff.
If in the future more renewable generation capacity becomes available further consumers will be invited to join in time order of their registrations of interest.
Further information from Energy Local:
- Energy Local – A Guide to Smart Meters
- Energy Local – Your Tariff Explained
- Energy Local – Club Member Timeline
- Energy Local – YouTube video
You can also ask questions at the meeting for potential Club members.
You can email the LGV directors, Peter Blood and Andrew Fryer at Crickhowell@energylocal.co.uk
You register your interest at Energy Local Crickhowell, where further information is provided by Energy Local.
Who is behind the project?
The principal organisations behind the project are Energy Local (a Community Interest Company concerned with the electricity power market), Co-operative Energy (the electricity supplier) and Community Energy Wales (a not for profit membership organisation that has been set up to provide assistance and a voice to community groups working on energy projects in Wales).
Funding has been provided by:
- the Welsh Government/Energy Saving Trust
- EU Rural Development Programme
- Esmee Fairbairn Trust
- Tudor Trust and
Llangattock Green Valleys’ Board members are providing the local effort.