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.
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.
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 futile. Our last port of call is to assist Baroness Featherstone’s address to the Lords, (scheduled this coming Tuesday 2nd February), by bringing our numbers to add weight to her plea.
‘Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2015 Baroness Featherstone to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Order, laid before the House on 18 December 2015, be annulled (SI 2015/2045). 20th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee’