Blake Lapthorn green breakfast with Dr. Barbara Hammond of the Osney Lock Hydro Project

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On Wednesday 20 November 2013, Blake Lapthorn's climate change team hosted a green breakfast seminar. Guest Speaker Dr. Barbara Hammond, talked about the high profile and long awaited, first community owned micro hydro scheme on the upper Thames.

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  • Welcome!We’re going to talk about the Low Carbon Hub and what we’re doing in Oxfordshire
  • Welcome!We’re going to talk about the Low Carbon Hub and what we’re doing in Oxfordshire
  • Blake Lapthorn green breakfast with Dr. Barbara Hammond of the Osney Lock Hydro Project

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    7. 7. www.lowcarbonhub.org Working with 25 communities Eco-Bicester Sustainable Kirtlington Sustainable Woodstock Kidlington Versus Climate Change Transition Chipping Norton Sustainable Charlbury Low Carbon Oxford North Eynsham Green TEA Abingdon Hydro Sustainable Wallingford Osney Lock Hydro Goring &Streatley Sustainability Group Sustainable Faringdon Westmill Sustainable Didcot
    8. 8. www.lowcarbonhub.org Numbers Since 2007 To 2015 9 4 (282) 2600+ 12 25 14 (2000) 3000+ 12 retained plus 5 created 489kW (20) 568MWh 0 18MW (14) 2620MWh 0 £1.8m £200k £330k £18m £3m £450k People Groups doing energy projects Share offers (shareholders) Households engaged on energy efficiency Jobs Planet Installed capacity (schemes) Electricity generated per annum Heat generated per annum Pounds Investment: renewables Investment: retrofitting Community benefit donations
    9. 9. www.lowcarbonhub.org Upper Thames Microhydro Projects Private Osney Mill 35kW operational Mapledurham 100kW operational Buscot 30kW Benson Shiplake Sonning Community Osney Lock 49kW Flights Mill 37kW Abingdon 100kW Goring 280kW Shifford 150kW Radcot 35kW Godstow 100kW Sandford 420kW Days Lock 320kW under development stalled at planning at planning at pre-app at pre-app at pre-app pre-app landowner issues landowner issues Maybe community Sutton Courtney 300kW at pre-app Rushey at pre-app
    10. 10. www.lowcarbonhub.org Planning and regulation issues • Three unrelated processes: • Licencing (and abstraction/impoundment not fit for purpose) • Planning approval • Fish pass approval • EA silos • Flood management great • Fisheries/ecology very difficult • Legal/finance/asset management very difficult • Water Framework Directive • Fish pass requirement • Environmental studies
    11. 11. www.lowcarbonhub.org Asks • Integrated licencing/planning process: • EA and LPA working together • Transparent process • Clear parameters • EA tasked to help communities • Oxfordshire partnership working repeated • Direction on EA assets for communities • Direction on hydro v angling • Funding to cover extra costs/time • Higher FiT or • Grant funding for public good ie fish passes
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