Some of you know that I have had a bee in my bonnet for a few years about energy savings in our village. It even appears in our Neighbourhood Plan (see page 38 under Community Actions CAE4).
My background in the Electricity Supply Industry has caused me to get right close up to what has been happening on the network in NPg (previously YEB and NEEB).
What I have found has been alarming and truly significant for all of us.
Did you know that it has been a consistent policy across the whole of the UK for the electricity companies to keep your volts much higher than you need?
Did you know that you have been paying about £20-£50 extra each year for the past 20 years?
Did you know that as a consequence the generators have been pumping out about 5% extra CO2?
I was so convinced that the voltage was unnecessarily high that when I built our new house, I included a step down transformer near to the meter to reduce my received NPg volts by 15 volts. The house works perfectly and I have been enjoying savings of approximately £60 per year for the last 4 years.
In the last two years, I have escalated my argument to the OFGEM regulator in the hope that he will change the rules to make the industry act more responsibly.
I have become a customer representative on the Northern Powergrid Stakeholder Panel and in 2019, made a presentation to them which caused them to take notice.
And they did … they demonstrated that they are a listening organisation and have responded in a most positive manner and have committed lots of resource and money to carry out a very significant and far reaching trial which is centred on OUR village, BOSTON SPA.
The project is underway NOW. Everyone from the Directors downwards in NPG is excited. I am thrilled because I am on the Project Board and am challenging/supporting them at every step of the way.
The information will be shared across the country and the potential UK savings are £750m in annual energy bills and a reduction of about 1 million tons of CO2 every year.
On 12 August 2020, Northern Powergrid (NPg) organised a Virtual Festival (Zoom) to present their intriguing innovation credentials to the World and at the Top of The Bill was … (drum roll):-
Boston Spa Energy Efficiency Trial (BEET)
(Featuring the BEET box – a clever bit of kit which receives information from Smart Meters and tells the dispatch voltage to change.)
The presentation is now available on YouTube – Northern Powergrid Innovation Festival – Boston Spa Energy Efficiency trial:
- Duration: 30 min presentation and 20 mins Q & A.
- Format: Slide description of the voltage problem and the proposed solution.
- Target Audience: Electricity consumers, policy makers, climate change activists, network engineers.
Please take a look and learn how your smart meter can help save the planet. Spread the word!