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Hayle neighbourhoods to win cash for using less electricity

Residents of two areas in Hayle have the opportunity to earn up to £5,000 each for their local area, by reducing their collective electricity use.

This unusual scheme is called ‘Less is More’. Between January 2014 and December 2014, households in Hayle connected to two different local electricity substations will be able to see how much energy they’re using, in real time, on a simple website ( – and how it compares against their target. The idea is to use less, especially at peak times. The less they use, the more prize money they can win for their local area.

A launch event is being held at The Mezzanine at Paradise Park’s Jungle Barn between 4-7pm on Monday 20th January.  Local residents are invited to come along and find out about the help available to enable them to save energy and reduce their home energy bills. Information will also be available about opportunities to help steer the delivery of the project and decide how prize money will be spent in the local community. 

Why is this happening? The long term aim is to create savings for everyone. The local electricity network operator, Western Power Distribution, has to upgrade local substations to cope with rising demand for electricity. But this is often only a problem at peak times. If people shifted their electricity use away from busiest times of day, less money would have to be spent on upgrading substations. And, better yet, if people learn to cut down the amount of electricity they use overall, they’ll make long term savings on their energy bills.

Neil Farrington of Community Energy Plus, a local energy advice charity and social enterprise, will be on hand to advise the people of Hayle on how they can reduce their use, bring down their bills, and hopefully win £5,000 each to spend on local amenities. 

Less is More is led by Western Power Distribution, in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Energy, a national charity. Ofgem has awarded the scheme Low Carbon Networks Funding.

If you’d like any advice on saving energy and reducing your bills, you can contact Community Energy Plus on 0800 954 1956.

Further information about this project:

The Low Carbon Networks Fund (LCNF): Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund was established as part of its current price control arrangements for electricity distribution businesses (DNOs). It allows up to £500million of support between 2010 and 2015 to projects sponsored by companies that trial new technology, operating and commercial arrangements.

Western Power Distribution: the electricity distribution network operator for the Midlands, South Wales and the South West. The company delivers electricity to more than 7.8 million customers over a 55,300 sq kms service area. Its network consists of 216,000 kms of overhead lines and underground cables, and 184,000 substations.

The Centre for Sustainable Energy: a national charity that helps people and organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors meet the twin challenges of rising energy costs and climate change. Their vision is a world where sustainability is second nature, carbon emissions have been cut to safe levels and fuel poverty has been replaced by energy justice. Their mission is to share their knowledge and practical experience to empower people to change the way they think and act about energy.

The ten trial substations are located in:

·         Easton (Bristol)

·         Bourneville Estate (Weston super Mare)

·         Tinker’s Bridge (Milton Keynes)

·         Loughton (Milton Keynes)

·         Highnam (Gloucester)

·         Ely (Cardiff)

·         Silverdale (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

·         Belle Vue (Shrewsbury)

·         Tremorva (Hayle, Cornwall)

·         Trelissick (Hayle, Cornwall)