NEWS: Local Energy Oxfordshire energy trials

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LEO is working on a diverse range of innovative project areas and activities. These are all aimed at accelerating learning and providing a strong evidence base and practical guidance that will support the UK’s transition to a clean, secure and affordable energy system.

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.

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 these trials, LEO is 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.

The LEO energy trials are focusing on businesses with higher energy consumption as well as smaller business and domestic aggregated DSR.

Read more and explore the trials here

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