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Exciting energy projects in the pipeline

15 September 2017

Bridgend County Borough residents are being invited to discover, discuss and get involved in a number of exciting energy projects that are in the pipeline.

Bridgend County Borough Council and Sustainable Wales have teamed up to organise a community workshop entitled ‘Bridgend’s Local Energy Revolution’, which is being held in The Green Room above SUSSED in James Street, Porthcawl on Wednesday 20 September from 5pm.

Among the renewable energy initiatives being discussed will be the innovative Caerau Minewater Project, which is an ambitious plan to use heat from underground mine water to warm nearly 1,000 homes in the Llynfi Valley.

Former mine workings in the valley may potentially offer a geo-thermal source of energy as they have filled up with water which has an average temperature of around 10 to 14 Degrees Celsius.

The council is investigating the idea of pumping water from the old disused mine workings and transporting it through a network of pipes to residents’ properties in Caerau.

The local authority is also involved in a proposal to develop a cost effective low-carbon heat network for properties in Bridgend town centre, and recently commissioned a study to identify opportunities for community energy projects in rural areas.

To register your place at the ‘Bridgend’s Local Energy Revolution’ workshop, please call Geoff Hobbs on 01656 643196 or email

Councillor Richard Young, Bridgend County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “It’s an exciting time for us as we find ourselves at the cutting edge of the UK’s green energy revolution.

“There are several interesting energy projects which are either already underway, or are being developed, and this event will provide an opportunity for residents to hear more about them, and ask any questions they may have.”

Together with the Energy Systems Catapult, the council is also looking to recruit householders who would be willing to take part in an energy trial this winter. Thirty homes are needed to take part in the trial, which would involve them testing the latest smart heating controls.

Similar trials are also going to take place in Newcastle and Manchester, with residents trying out new controls via their phones or tablets to help experts refine new technologies that will make heating systems as efficient as possible and reduce carbon emissions.

For further details about the energy trial, or to register an interest, please visit

Last Updated: 15/09/2017
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