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Energy collective: how it works

Registration for Cyd Cymru opens today and will run for six weeks. Here's how the collective works:

  • Residents register providing as much information as possible about their energy use
  • Once registration is closed, data is collated and presented for an 'energy auction'
  • Energy companies offer their best prices to the collective
  • New tariffs are offered based on registration data

Collective could help avoid high energy bills

Cyd Cymru aims to help people avoid high energy costs Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A scheme aimed at helping people avoid high energy costs is being launched in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan today. Cyd Cymru is a collective energy buying scheme, which encourages people to band together to negotiate with energy suppliers to get better rates.

Similar schemes have been running across the UK for some time. Developed by Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan councils with support from other local authorities and housing associations, Cyd Cymru aims to simplify complex tariff systems and change the way we buy our energy.


Car crash lollipop lady gets Pride of Britain Award

Karin Williams was given flowers and a card when she went back into school. Credit: Wales News Service / Daily Mirror

A lollipop lady who risked her own life to save children when a car overturned outside their primary school in the Vale of Glamorgan will receive a Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Award tonight.

Karin Williams, 50, was seriously injured after stepping into the path of the car outside Rhoose Primary School in June, pushing pupils to safety.

She endured eight hours of surgery after being left with two broken kneecaps, a broken elbow, a broken shoulder and a badly swollen face.

She will be honoured for her bravery.

The awards recognise Britain's unsung heroes, and are being presented tonight at a ceremony in London.

The Pride of Britain Awards will be screened on ITV at 8pm on Tuesday

Three applications to test drill for gas approved

Three applications to test drill for gas have been approved by Vale of Glamorgan Council's planning committee.

Bridgend company Coastal Oil and Gas Ltd wants to carry out exploratory tests at three sites at Llandow, Llantrithyd, and near Dyffryn.

Fracking is common in America - and very controversial here.

The test drilling could then lead to the process of hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - where water, sand and chemicals are pumped into a well to split the rock, and release gas.

Campaigners have raised fears about water contamination, and say even exploratory drilling will damage the countryside with excess noise and traffic.

Supporters say fracking could provide vital affordable energy.

Developers drilling elsewhere with 'no major incidents'

Cliff Patten, Planning Consultant for Coastal Oil and Gas Ltd - whose applications to test drill for gas are being considered by Vale of Glamorgan Council this evening - says the company has drilled six boreholes in South Wales "without any major incidents."

He told our Correspondent Carole Green "this is a fairly ordinary application - hundreds of these have been drilled" throughout the UK.

Campaigners call on Vale Council to reject gas drill plans

by Carole Green

Anti-fracking campaigners in the Vale Of Glamorgan are tonight demonstrating in Barry, to demand that councillors turn down plans to test drill at three sites.

The Brigend company Coastal Oil and Gas Ltd wants to carry out exploratory tests at locations including Llandow and Llantrithyd. It also has plans to test drill near Llantrisant.

The protest group Villages Against Drilling says exploratory drilling for gas will spoil the countryside, but those in favour dismiss the environmental concerns, saying test drilling is a step on the road to fracking which in turn could provide vital affordable energy.


Southerndown cliff fall pair were trying to save puppy

Rhys Clark, 27, and his girlfriend Ania, 25, met at Cardiff University Credit: Wales News Service

A man who died after falling down a cliff in South Wales had been trying to rescue a pet dog.

Engineer Rhys Clark, 27, from Cardiff Bay and his girlfriend Ania, 25, were walking one-year-old puppy 'Sherlock' at a clifftop at Southerndown, near Bridgend, last Saturday when they fell over the edge.

The puppy landed on a ledge more than 10ft down. The pair slipped when attempting to climb down to rescue him, and fell 150ft onto the beach below.

Mr Clark was killed instantly, while his girlfriend remains seriously injured in hospital in Cardiff.

She suffered multiple fractures, but is expected to make a good recovery.

An inquest has been opened into Mr Clark's death.

Man dies in Vale of Glamorgan cliff fall

A man has died after plunging 150ft from cliffs in the Vale of Glamorgan.

The 27-year-old man fell at Southerndown on Saturday. Emergency services arrived at the scene just after 4pm and he was declared dead.

A 25-year-old woman, who also fell, was taken to hospital in Cardiff, where she is described as being in a 'stable' condition.

South Wales Police said the man's death was being treated as a "tragic accident."

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