Local villagers participate in renewable energy trials


A local project is seeking solutions to make the transition to net zero carbon emission energy systems

A group of villagers from Deddington and Duns Tew are taking part in a project to help Oxfordshire plan to make the transition to net zero carbon emission energy systems.

The government has committed to achieve a net zero position by 2050.   As part of that electricity generation needs to move to zero-carbon sources by 2035.

The challenge means a fundamental change in how we generate electricity, heat our homes, and power our journeys.

The Local Energy Oxfordshire project (Project LEO) is one of the UK’s most ambitious, wide-ranging and innovative renewable energy trials.

Within the project a number of groups in local communities are undertaking Smart and Fair Neighbourhood (SFN) trials.  Local people from Deddington and Duns Tew are looking at how the installation of heat pumps and smart monitoring can help decarbonise rural, off-gas communities.   They will also investigate how energy efficiency measures can be installed in households under planning constraints.

15 households will have heat pumps and smart monitoring technology installed to test the viability of providing flexibility services to the grid.

Projects in other parts of the county are looking into electric vehicles usage, energy usage patterns and the use of battery storage and solar and onshore wind farms.

Councillor Pete Sudbury, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change Delivery and Environment, said: “This is a brilliant project. Oxfordshire is leading the way to a future energy system the whole UK will need by the early 2030s. It is inspiring to see so many community groups, organisations and businesses come together to work on these trials, laying the foundations for an electricity system delivering reliable, cheap renewable power, 24/7.”

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