Local Energy Survey- Low Carbon Hub

The amount of community-owned renewable energy generation in Oxfordshire is set to double over the next year. Currently, the electricity generated is sold to the organisation where the installations are sited. Any surplus is then exported into the grid. Electricity market regulations means it would only be possible for locally produced electricity to be sold direct to local householders if the community generators became licensed suppliers.

Osney Lock Hydro and the Low Carbon Hub want to understand how local people would view the opportunity for local householders to buy locally generated renewable electricity to power their homes. This will help them as we develop our plans for the future. If you can spare a couple of minutes, please complete their survey and pass on details to anyone else who may be interested.

Recycling boxes: free nets

Note from West Oxfordshire District Council

With the recent weather we are unfortunately losing a lot of recyclable material from the black boxes left out on bin days and subsequently blown around the roads. The litter then has to be picked up by the cleansing team along with other waste which is then land filled. WODC would like to try to encourage residents to use nets where possible either instead of a lid or in addition to it to help with the loss of recycling.

At present residents can either order recycling nets via the Witney town centre shop or collect from there for free. Also if you know of any streets/areas where there seems to be litter from recycling boxes, they are happy to look at delivering nets to households and also speaking with the relevant crews to ensure they are clearing up after collections.

Ecotricity- offer for Green TEA members

If you are considering switching energy supplier, perhaps the agreement reached between Green TEA and Ecotricity may be of interest? Ecotricity is now offering an even better deal- they have frozen their prices and since July 2013 are using 100% renewable electricity- 40 % from their own generation. They also offer dual fuel – they are working to establish Green Gasmills in the UK. In the meantime their Green Gas tariff is ‘frack-free’.

To sign up or to get more information please visit the Ecotricity website. Please note that if you switch using this link, or quote the code ETT1, Ecotricity will also make a donation to Green TEA, which will help us to continue with our energy efficiency and other carbon reduction activities.