Anneliese Dodds, MP for Oxford East, invited Alan Whitehead MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy Minister, to Oxford to find out more about the exciting developments occurring in the city concerning the green transition and sustainable energy.
The pair visited the Osney Lock Hydro plant (just into Oxford West and Abingdon constituency) before visiting the Low Carbon Hub on Park End Street. They were joined by representatives from the Low Carbon Hub and from SSE, which is coordinating Project LEO. The Low Carbon Hub is a community enterprise which provides community-owned low carbon energy in Oxfordshire. Project LEO is an attempt to link together energy producers, distributors and consumers across Oxford, to model how decentralised energy networks could operate in the future.
Anneliese said: “It was great to bring our Shadow Energy Minister to Oxford, so he could learn about the exciting innovations happening in our city. The Low Carbon Hub has been developing exciting community-owned energy projects for many years- including the Osney Lock Hydro.
The future of energy won’t be about big power plants routing their energy through the national grid to users. Instead it will involve a much broader range of types of energy production, from hydro power to solar, wind and heat pumps. We will also have much more demand for electricity as cars and public transport shift away from fossil fuels.
Here in Oxford, Project LEO shows how the new, future energy system could work- and it was great that Alan could experience it, first hand.”