The Whitby Esk Energy – Ruswarp Hydro
a community-owned 50kW Archimedes screw hydroelectric turbine on the River Esk at Ruswarp, near Whitby, North Yorkshire
The scheme is run by volunteers through Esk Energy (Yorkshire) Limited, a registered society. Our main aim is to reduce the carbon footprint of the Esk Valley through generating renewable electricity.
There has been a recent decision by Ofgem, the energy system regulator, to dramatically cut payments known as ‘embedded benefits’ to local energy projects and instead favour the ‘big 6’ energy suppliers. This will mean we will lose income each year of approximately £1,000.
To find out more, read an article written by Regen, a community energy group in the South West.
Visit the Whitby Esk Energy site at Ruswarp near Whitby on Saturday 8th July.
Find out about our journey from the arrival of the Archimedes screw in the summer of 2012 to how we work now as a community energy company exporting electricity to the national grid.
Arrive from 1.30pm, at Ruswarp Village Hall, for an introductory talk starting at 2pm followed by a visit to the site nearby.
Why don’t you come by train and combine the tour with a visit to a local café or pub?
The site visit will finish by 3.15 pm to let you catch the train along the scenic Esk Valley line to Whitby or towards Middlesbrough.
To book a place email or phone 07410 549833.
Recently the two teams of apprentices who work for the North York Moors National Park visited our site.
They had a tour round to find out how the turbine works and what was involved in setting up the scheme.
Following the tour they helped our team of volunteers to thin out alder saplings and sort the debris that has been cleared from the inlet screen.