Energy Local Newsletter - June 2024

Invitation to Energy Local Totnes Hydro Launch Event


On 9th June, Energy Local Totnes is organising a fun family event to learn about Totnes’s Hydro and how they can save money by joining the Energy Local Club and using electricity locally. There will be:

  • Energy Saving advice & information
  • Food and drink stalls
  • Children’s activities focussed on learning about renewable energy with SeaDream (every half hour from 2pm) 
  • Tours of the Hydroelectric station (at 2pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:15pm)
  • Information about the Energy Local Totnes Club 
Totnes Weir

he Totnes Weir Hydro power plant was constructed in 2015 and has a 300kWh capacity. It has two Archimedes Screw turbines that generate clean, renewable electricity – which is around 1,250 MWh of clean electricity each year.

Please join the event on Sunday 9th June and book your hydro tour / children’s activity in advance by emailing


Club Spotlight: Capel Dewi

Did you know that Energy Local Clubs can use their co-operative status to apply for funding for any community projects, whether it's energy related or not?

Last year, Energy Local Capel Dewi obtained funding from the Brechfa Forest West Windfarm Community Fund for biodiversity workshops. West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre ran a Wildflower Identification workshop and a Recording Biological Records workshop!

This year Energy Local Capel Dewi have been offered more funding and this will go on creating biodiversity habitat for various species and promoting wildflower information. They will be placing around 25 bird and bat boxes on public access land, running more biodiversity workshops, creating signs detailing local wildflowers, and managing two grasslands to help create wildflower meadows.

The picture shows two volunteers who are members of the club, Sally and Dean, helping to identify areas for monthly wildflower surveys.

Reminder: call for evidence on barriers to community energy

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero is calling for evidence on the barriers to setting up and developing community energy projects. This is an excellent opportunity to have your voices heard by policy makers so that support can be provided to our sector.

Community Energy England has produced a question-by-question guide on how best to answer the call to evidence. 

Responses should be emailed to