How it works
Those joining the Club switch their electricity supplier to Octopus Energy; the local generators also export their electricity to the same company. Consumers and generators in the Club are all connected to the Crickhowell substation. The generator members receive an increased export tariff for their electricity which is used by the Club.
As a consumer member of the Club, you have a free smart meter fitted in your home that records when you’re using electricity. When club members use power when the local generation is available, the energy produced locally is shared evenly between all the consumers using electricity at that time. The price per unit you pay for this electricity is lower than usual electricity supply tariffs, so the bills to consumers are reduced.
Any extra power required by consumers is 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’). The day is split into three as shown schematically in the diagram below.
You pay more for extra electricity at the early evening peak and less during the day, and even less overnight when demand is lower. The electricity you use that originates with local generators is charged at the “match tariff” shown by the dashed red line.
Your smart meter will collect information about your energy use, which you can view on the online dashboard.
To make the most of being part of the Energy Local Crickhowell Club, you need to shift your electricity use:
- to when the local renewable schemes are producing (which you can check on the dashboard) and
- away from breakfast and tea-time.
Each household is different, but we estimate you’ll be able to save between 10% – 20% on your electricity bill each year.
How to join the club
a) Consumers with a domestic meter and small businesses 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.
b) Register your interest at 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 in the process. Small businesses register interest in the same way. If you are interested but can’t switch suppliers immediately you can still register interest to switch later.
c) Consumers who agree to join the club switch to Octopus Energy.
d) You are contacted to arrange fitting of a free smart meter; once fitted, you move to the Energy Local Tariff.
Further information from Energy Local:
- Energy Local – A Guide to Smart Meters
- Energy Local – Your Electricity Tariff Explained
- Energy Local – Club Member Timeline
- Energy Local – YouTube video
You can email LGV Director, Peter Blood, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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), Octopus 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.