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    Blog:Our Energy Asset Trials – an update

    Project LEO – Local Energy Oxfordshire – is described as an ambitious and innovative energy trial that seeks to accelerate our transition to a low-carbon energy system. But in reality, Project LEO is actually made up of numerous trials, each designed to build knowledge and evidence to inform our smart and flexible energy systems of…
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    News:Rose Hill Energy Survey launches

    The Rose Hill Smart and Fair Neighbourhood Trial has launched the next stage of its project with the Local Area Energy Mapping survey, known as ‘LEMAP’. The survey asks people questions about their home and energy use and is currently only available for people living in the Rose Hill project boundary (pictured below). If you…
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    News:LEO land use map moves to next stage

    The LEO land use map draws together a wide range of energy and land use data into a single web-based map currently available to LEO partners. Knowing where energy is used and generated across the county, and where we’re most likely to see changes over time will help support strategic place-based planning for the transition…
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    News:Deddington and Duns Tew SFN update

    Deddington and Duns Tew Smart and Fair Neighbourhood is a trial aiming to understand how we can enable a zero carbon future for a rural community that is off the gas network. You can read more about the trial here. In this first part of the trial, Low Carbon Hub has been working with members…
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    Blog:Our year in review

    As we settle into 2022, we reflect on some significant milestones achieved in the last year in Project LEO. There’s been huge amounts of work and effort going into this complex and multi-partner project. Here are just few key highlights. For more detail on what we’ve been up to, please do check out our ‘News’…
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    News:Rose Hill ‘Solar Saver Trial’ launches

    The launch of the ‘Solar Saver trial’ gets off to a great start with 18 residents signed up to save money on their energy bills by shifting when they use electricity.  The Solar Saver Trial is one part of the Rose Hill Smart and Fair Neighbourhood (SFN) trial looking at how flexibility services can help…
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    News:LEO at COP26

    The global climate conference in Glasgow closed last week and we’re really pleased that our project – Local Energy Oxfordshire – was strongly represented.  Project LEO is proving that flexibility that at the grid edge can be a powerful strategy to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon energy system. From the Road to Renewables Bus Tour, to the…
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    News:LEO named in letter to COP26 President

    Project LEO was recently named an example of the innovation needed to help deliver net zero in a “letter from Oxford” to Alok Sharma, President of COP26.  The letter calls for more support to speed up decarbonisation at a local level. With regard to LEO, they particularly call for:  Coordinated market mechanisms for local flexibility…
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    News:COP26 Launch of an ‘International Community for Local Smart Grids’

    Tuesday was a big day for LEO at COP26 with a ‘Blue Zone’ session which launched the new International Community for Local Smart Grids (ICLSG) The session, excellently presented by Malcolm McCulloch (Oxford University), Barbara Hammond (Low Carbon Hub) and Chris Burchell (SSEN) discussed how delivery of a net zero energy system will require significant…
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    Blog:Flexibility – the key to combatting future energy price shocks?

    With wholesale energy prices soaring, becoming more flexible about the way we use energy could be an increasingly powerful tool helping keep our fuel bills under control. The global surge in gas prices has left UK consumers particularly vulnerable, with over a third of our electricity provided by gas-fuelled power stations. Households and businesses face…
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    News:New global smart grid partnership launched to unlock local solutions to climate change

    Watch the launch live from the UK Pavilion at COP26 via the UK Government’s official YouTube channel (2 November, 09:45-10:30). Electricity distribution companies from the UK, Australia, Italy, and Japan have joined forces to revolutionise and support communities to engage with electricity grids of the future. Launching at COP26, the University of Oxford-led initiative will…
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    News:Government announces Net Zero Strategy

    Last week (19 October) the government announced its Net Zero Strategy, just ahead of COP26, an important summit bringing together world leaders to commit to carbon reduction targets to protect our planet.  The report is the first of its kind and sets out how the UK government plans to deliver its target to achieve net…
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