How Would You Use Local Energy Use Data?

The Centre for Sustainable Energy is looking for smart communities to take part in unique open data trials. The OpenLV project is making electricity data from the low voltage substation network ‘open access’ for the first time ever. This presents a great opportunity for smart thinking and innovation.

Are you interested in developing projects to benefit your community? CSE are inviting people based in WPD's network area (which includes most, but not all, of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire) to come up with novel ideas for using this substation data, either in the form of an app or in any other way.

You might want to use the data for real-time feedback on community electricity consumption, planning electric vehicle charging times, carbon footprinting, and electricity demand alert systems. You might have your own ideas – now is the time to get them in!

Three or four groups will be selected to participate in the trials. Applications are being accepted until 22nd January 2018. More:

New Historic England Study on Energy Efficiency in Old Homes

Historic England has published a new study exploring how the UK’s millions of Victorian and Edwardian homes can be made energy efficient without damaging their historic value and aesthetic:

Community Trees Fund Now Open

The Tree Council Community Trees Fund is now open for applications. Community groups may apply for the costs of up to four fruit trees on semi-vigorous, vigorous and very vigorous rootstocks to be planted on publically accessible land during National Tree Week. Applications will be accepted until 31st March 2018.

Win Cash for Your Old Electricals in Derbyshire

Are you a Derbyshire resident with old, broken or unwanted electricals? Dig them out and take them to one of your household waste recycling centres in the new year for your chance to win one of fifteen £100 cash prizes.

From hair dryers to hedge-trimmers, fairy lights to fridges and toasters to TVs, there's a wide range of household appliances you can take to the recycling centres. From 2nd January, you can exchange them for a golden ticket - which means you could be quids in.

Simply ask for your golden ticket from a member of staff at any of the nine recycling centres, use your unique ticket number to enter the competition and find out if you're an instant winner. The more items you recycle, the more tickets you'll get.

Councillor Simon Spencer, our cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, said:

'This is a great way of putting unwanted electricals to good use − with the added bonus of a chance to win £100. It's a shocking fact that across the UK we throw away more than a quarter of the electrical items we buy instead of recycling them. We spend £20 million a year dealing with waste in Derbyshire which residents choose not to recycle.

'But if every Derbyshire household took just one electrical item to one of our recycling centres in January we could recycle an additional 333,000 appliances, saving not only tax-payers' cash but also the precious metals and other valuable materials they contain.'

The competition prizes are being funded by Advantage Waste Brokers who is the contractor that works on Derbyshire County Council's behalf to collect and recycle electrical items taken to its recycling centres.

Big Energy Saving Advice Available in Notts and Derbyshire This Winter

Marches Energy Agency has recently secured funding to offer energy advice sessions to those in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire who are struggling to keep their home warm and/or to pay their energy bills this winter. We can visit groups of people who would like advice, offer one-to-one advice and can also offer free training sessions for Frontline Workers who regularly come into contact with people who are struggling. If you would like to know more or are interested in booking a session please contact Peter Burgess-Allen: