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Local Energy Oxfordshire energy trials

Project LEO is delivering some of the most ambitious, wide ranging, innovative flexible energy trials ever conducted in the UK.

The trials will improve our understanding of how opportunities can be maximised and unlocked from the transition to a smarter, more flexible electricity system and how households, businesses, and communities can realise these benefits.


Our trials can be split into two main categories:

  • Place based trials

    These are taking place across Oxfordshire and include our Smart and Fair Neighbourhood trials.
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  • Energy asset trials

    Exploring the potential of various energy assets, such as a solar park, battery etc, to deliver flexible energy.
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Exploring flexibility

The trials will help us understand the role flexible energy can play in balancing the network as demand for energy increases, so traditional network investment (reinforcement) can be delayed (or even avoided).

In our trials, we are testing:

  • Renewable energy generators – such as wind, hydro and solar power
  • Storage Batteries – including batteries in electric vehicles (EVs), which as well as consuming energy can also return their stored energy to the network if it is needed to help to balance it
  • Demand side response (DSR) – individuals or business reducing or shifting their electricity usage when asked to by a network operator, usually at times of peak demand on the local network when everyone else is consuming higher amounts of energy. Our trials are focusing on businesses with higher energy consumption as well as smaller business and domestic aggregated DSR.

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