The Centre for Sustainable Energy are looking for smart communities to take part in unique open data trials.

The OpenLV project is making electricity data from the low voltage substation network ‘open access’ for the first time ever. This presents a great opportunity for smart thinking and innovation.

Are you interested in developing projects to benefit your community? We are inviting people based in WPD's network area to come up with novel ideas for using this substation data, either in the form of an app or in any other way.

In the summer of 2017, we ran a survey to collect information and ideas from community groups which demonstrated that there is a wide range of interest from communities in participating. Ideas included using the data for real-time feedback on community electricity consumption, planning electric vehicle charging times, carbon footprinting, and electricity demand alert systems. You might have your own ideas – now is the time to get them in!

We have now developed a fuller application process, through which we will select the final 3-4 groups to participate in the trials.

We are open for applications from 4 December 2017 to 22 January 2018. You do not need to have responded to the original survey to submit an application.

If you’re interested in accessing this data and applying to be one of the participating communities, you can download the ‘Guidance for Applicants’ and ‘Application Form’ documents