The winter rain has meant that even though last summer was very dry, we have exported more than our annual target of 117,600 kWh in the year April 2015 – March 2016. We estimated the carbon footprint of the installation to be 150 tonnes (Te) of carbon to cover the CO2 used for things such as production, transport and concrete in the installation. According to DECC, 0.542Te CO2 is saved per MWh of electricity produced, therefore we needed to generate 276.7 MWh to cover the CO2. We have in effect paid back the carbon used in the production and installation of the turbine within 3 years of starting generating (payback date = 19th November 2015).
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.
We have often been asked if you can buy the electricity we generate. Co-operative Energy, the energy supplier which buys our electricity, has set up a scheme called User Chooser. User Chooser allows you to indicate your preference in relation to the electricity generation types against which you would like your electricity consumption to be offset. Therefore, if you are a Co-operative Energy customer you can now choose the Whitby Esk Energy project. Our Generator Profile page includes a chart showing the electricity we have exported over the last 12 months.
During 2013 we exported 76,000 kWh of electricity to the National Grid. This was less than the average we would expect due to waiting for a replacement part in February and the exceptionally dry summer.
With all the recent rain, we have been generating nearly continuously since the start of this year.
The weather has finally warmed up enough so that the main kiosks could be painted a matt dark brown. Comments have so far been favourable with regards to the colour change. The trees that have been planted are now showing signs of growth and the contractors will shortly be sowing grass seed.
Our weather is certainly unpredictable at the moment having gone from a very wet period during construction to a recent dry period. We are still working with the contractors to realise the maximum output.