But what could be done? Energy is too abstract for most people. I thought about some local activity such as thermal scanning of homes, as was being done by some village groups, but felt overwhelmed by the sheer size of Abingdon, about 20,000 houses. I didn't know where to start.
I don't remember where the idea came from, but a flagship project sounded like a good alternative, as a visible example of renewable energy.
Generating hydroelectricity from the river seemed to fit. They were already working on hydro power in Goring. So I started talking to people about it. I found a lot of interest, one person led to another, and I built up a list of contacts.