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River Festival – Sunday 28th August

Come and see us, with our working model of the turbine, at the River Festival on Sunday 28th August at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby. The event is a celebration of our wonderful and captivating waterways in a free day full of family fun, children’s crafts and passionate river lovers!  As well as the free drop-in activities […]

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Cleveland Institution of Engineers visit site

On a fine evening in June, the CIE visited our community hydroelectric scheme on the river Esk at Ruswarp near Whitby. Read more in their report following the visit. The CIE thanked Whitby Esk Energy for their time and hospitality which made this a most interesting visit.  “Community Engineering at its best!”

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North York Moors National Park Community Grant

We pay interest and have made several capital payments on our loan from the North York Moors National Park Sustainable Development. This money is then used to help fund community projects in the National Park. Their community grant fund 2016 is open for applications until the 30th June 2016.

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Inspiring future engineers

Last November, we gave a talk entitled ‘Calling All Engineers (and Aspiring Engineers)’ for those interested in hearing about the history of the Esk Energy community turbine from an engineering point of view. We are now looking forward to welcoming participants of Whitby Rotary club’s Senior Engineering competition, including the winners, to site for a […]

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Wild daffodils

Spring on site

Spring arrived on site with the wild daffodils planted by children from Ruswarp Primary in bloom, flowers on the willow our volunteers planted and coltsfoot appearing by themselves.

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Last attempt to save future hydro projects

As many of you well know, the hydro sector has been hit hard by the maelstrom of Government policy changes that have brought the industry to its knees and is now facing the very real danger of collapse. Intentional or non, the effects are real and hard and lobbying both to DECC and the Treasury has been […]

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300MWh reached

We have generated over 300MWh since we were commissioned on the 12th December 2012, saving over 160Te of carbon. Visit our pages in the Generating section to see the ups and downs of generating using the water from River Esk.      

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New visitors to site

Whilst undertaking our daily online monitoring, Dave spotted two new visitors to site – watch a short clip of the otters exploring our inlet screen.

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Calling all engineers (and aspiring engineers)

The Esk Energy team ran a well-supported (despite the snow) talk and visit to site for engineers and aspiring engineers on Saturday 21st November.  A number of those attending had also listened to a talk by our Chair, Colin Mather, at the Whitby Civic Society. Just a quick note to thank your group for the most interesting and educational […]

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