Smart Energy

Wigton LightsIn 2013 we pioneered a smart grid project in Wigton, at the heart of which was a focus on energy efficiency. By giving consumers the power to monitor usage through intelligent smart meters and shop around for suppliers, we were able to address some of the real issues of fuel poverty that the town faces.

This campaign brought together a number of local volunteers, and private sector companies, including Silver Spring and Electricity North West, to pilot the latest smart-grid technology, and allowed residents and businesses to gain real-time information on their energy use. Residents saw at first hand the impact of minor domestic appliances like kettles on their energy bill, through the meters, and by changing their behaviour they saved money.

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RORY PRESSES FOR ‘SMART’ SOLUTIONS TO FOOTWAY LIGHTING CONCERNS

In a meeting with members of Eden District Council on the issue of footway lighting, Rory has pressed for the council to take the lead on using innovative, smart LED lighting solutions to help reduce lighting costs in the area. Following Eden Council’s latest proposals, Rory met with environment portfolio holder, Councillor Mike Tonkin, to […]

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RORY BACKS SANDRA KEAVENEY AND WIGTON TO WIN DIGITAL HERO AWARDS

Rory has backed Sandra Keaveney from NADT to win this year’s TalkTalk’s Digital Hero Awards. Sandra Keaveney has been shortlisted as one of the three deserving local candidates, who will now go head to head to win a £5,000 technology grant to help further their cause. From today people are being urged to vote for […]

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RORY LAUNCHES NATIONAL SMART-METER PILOT IN WIGTON

On Saturday Rory celebrated the first milestone in Wigton’s journey to becoming a ‘smart-energy community’, at an event he hosted to introduce members of the public to the potential benefits of installing the latest generation of smart-meters into their homes and businesses. Rory has brought together a number of local volunteers, and private sector companies, […]

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RORY TO LAUNCH NATION’S FIRST ‘SMART-GRID’ TOWN IN WIGTON

After months of behind-the-scenes work, Rory will on May 11th officially launch Wigton as a national ‘smart-grid’ pilot town, in a pioneering project that aims to address fuel poverty, and give energy consumers in Wigton – both private and business – the means to control their energy usage and have more say in the energy providers […]

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Rory supports energy saving week ahead of winter

Rory this week gave his support to Citizens Advice as it launched its Big Energy Saving Week (22-27 October) to help people cut their winter fuel bills. The campaign aims to give people practical advice on how they can ‘check, switch and insulate’ to make savings on their energy bill. Fuel poverty is a key issue in the constituency […]

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Heart of Eden Development Trust Last Friday Rory met with the Heart of Eden Development Trust and learnt how they are engaging local people in order to enable communities to decide which type of renewable energy resources suit their own neighbourhoods. Rory was very impressed by the initiative  and wanted to share some information from […]