When North Yorkshire County Council gave the green light to frack Ryedale, the decision was slammed by campaigners as both undemocratic and environmentally short-sighted.
A reported 99.2% of local residents were against Third Energy’s plans to frack for shale gas near Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire; the last time hydraulic fracturing took place in the UK – near Blackpool in 2011 – Cuadrilla caused two earth tremors.
It’s not as if there aren’t other options: in fact, an entirely different energy proposition was announced by the private sector just a couple of weeks after North Yorkshire County Council approved Third Energy’s planning application.
Linton Lock is a renewable energy scheme that will benefit the environment, strengthen ecosystems and support local businesses. On top of that, anyone who decides to invest can expect to see a 7.5% return each year.
Around 75% of energy from running water is converted into electricity, making hydro power more efficient than any other form of renewable electricity generation. With no direct CO2 emissions, it is also one of the cleanest forms of renewable energy.
Working in partnership with Triodos Bank, Linton Hydro has launched a £2.5 million secured bond – which will pay 7.5% gross annual interest for 10 years – to develop a hydro power scheme on the River Ouse in North Yorkshire.
The money raised will be used to develop a 280kW hydro power scheme at Linton Lock on the River Ouse, and to acquire Flowpower, a separate 100kW hydro power scheme nearby that’s already operational.
Enough to power 450 homes
The Linton Lock scheme should be generating electricity by the first quarter of 2017. Once up and running, the two projects are expected to generate 1.87GWh of electricity in total – that’s enough to power the equivalent of 450 homes.
The two schemes combined represent the largest hydro project in Yorkshire and use the largest Archimedean screw turbine in the world.
‘This project generates a positive impact on a number of levels. It allows us to harness the power of the River Ouse to produce a significant amount of clean renewable electricity as well as building new modern fish passes and a canoe pass at Linton Lock in partnership with Canoe England.’
Director of Linton Hydro Ltd
As part of the Linton Lock scheme, a series of modern fish passes will be installed alongside the new turbine in the Ouse.
At the moment migratory fish species – including salmon, sea trout, brown trout, lamprey and eels – struggle to progress upstream to their historic spawning grounds because it’s difficult to pass the lock.
An existing dilapidated fish pass at the lock will be refurbished and three new modern fish passes installed.