Getting smart with the OpenLV data

20 March 2019

One of the community energy groups currently participating in OpenLV are seeking to develop a smartphone app that will allow people connected to certain substations around Topsham, Devon to view local electricity consumption in real time - along with the amount of power being generated locally by renewables and the cost of electricity at that moment.

Exeter Community Energy are working with technology developer Q-Bots on this ambitious plan which will increase people's ability to make more informed choices about when they run electrical appliances like washing machines and dishwashers. They could, for example, chose to run their domestic appliances at times when carbon intensity of the power supply is low, or to avoid peak times.

The group have running some focus groups for members of the public to feed in ideas. These are now completed, but if you’re interested in providing input please email alastair@ecoe.org.uk.

CSE is leading the OpenLV community engagement trials, and as part of the project our programmers have developed an app which sits in the LV-CAP software platform (in the substation), and a web app which allows users to tap into and visualise the data. The smartphone app will help to make the data even more user friendly, and we’re really looking forward to seeing it up and running.

OpenLV is a ground-breaking project that’s making local electricity data openly available for the first time ever, to benefit local communities and the wider energy industry. OpenLV is led by project partners Western Power Distribution and EA Technology. It is funded by Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition.

For more information, email openlv@cse.org.uk or see the OpenLV website.


OpenLV is led by project partners Western Power Distribution and EA Technology. It is funded by Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition.