Substation data for community groups

28 June 2017

Update: 13 July | The survey that this story refers to is now closed. We had a terrific response, so thanks to everyone who took part!

What could you do with data from your local substation?

CSE is working on a major new grid innovation project funded by Ofgem to share substation data with communities across the Western Power Distribution area (Midlands, the South West and South Wales).

The OpenLV project aims to work with community groups to help them find a variety of ways to use this data, and support them to develop an app.

There are around a million low-voltage (LV) electricity substations in the UK, but local people currently have no way of accessing data from them.

Apps could be developed to help secure better grid connections for new renewable generation, or to understand local electricity consumption for carbon footprinting or to identify suitable places for electric car charging points to be installed. All ideas are welcome!

Please complete our survey if this is something you might be interested in: It should take no more than 5-10 minutes, and closes on 10 July.

Graph: Ovo. Substation: Robin Stott, reproduced under creative commons

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