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. Learn – Share – Educate
The Whitby Esk Energy team decided this year, rather than hosting an open afternoon during Community Energy Fortnight, we would get out and about. Two of our team attended the Community Energy England AGM and conference. The Community Energy State of the Sector 2019 report, to which we contributed, was launched at the conference.
Another member of the team will be attending the Climate and Environment Mass lobby ‘The Time is Now’ in Westminster on 26 June and highlighting the important role of community energy.
If you would like to arrange a visit to the site please get in touch via our Contact Us form or phone 0741 0549 833.
As well as running the community hydroelectric scheme, the Esk Energy team also help promote the development of community energy nationally through our membership of Community Energy England and taking part in Government consultations. We support the Community Energy Manifesto drawn up by the Green Alliance which includes Community Energy England.
We sell our electricity to Co-op Energy and we thought you might like to know about their new commitment to community energy generators. They have just launched Community Power: the UK’s only tariff powered by 100% community-generated electricity and one of the highest green gas percentages in the UK at 25%. Find out more on their website.