Public meeting: Hydroelectric Power generation in Dean Village

Tuesday 22nd September 2009 at 7.30pm

Dean Parish Church Hall, Dean Path

The City of Edinburgh Council has identified a number of sites along the Water of Leith suitable for placing micro hydroelectric power generators. One such site is the lower weir downstream from West Mill in Dean Village. The generator would provide 50 – 60kw of power. Once in place it would generate power continuously with only occasional servicing. The power generated would be sold to the grid, thus providing an income. Continue reading “Public meeting: Hydroelectric Power generation in Dean Village”

Edinburgh Community Energy Co-operative Ltd

Mark Lazarowicz MP has been progressing a community energy initiative in North Edinburgh since 2006 http://www.edinburghcommunityenergy.btik.com

A public meeting was held on Saturday 17th November 2007 at South Leith Parish Church Halls, Henderson Street, Leith.
Members of the community applied to join a co-operative at that meeting. Edinburgh Community Energy Co-operative Ltd was subsequently set up with support from Co-operative Development Scotland. Board Members were appointed at the next community meeting on 15th March 2008.

Waterfront Edinburgh Ltd were already progressing an energy study in their development area in Granton. The Co-operative successfully applied for an EST SCHRI grant to fund the expansion of that study to investigate options for community energy in Granton and Royston Wardieburn. Output from this study is expected in June/July 2008. The Co-operative will then decide on next steps and pursue funding to progress them.

March 2008 Energy and Power

Energy is crucial to life. From the most basic food to fuels for heat, light, transport etc.

Most energy is currently derived from fossil fuels. Most food relies on oil for tractors, fertiliser, transport to supermarkets etc.

It is widely recognised that significant changes will have to be made in the fairly near future – both because of the need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions because of climate change and also due to the inevitability of scarcer and more expensive oil.

There is no magic solution. Lower demand will help – better insulated houses, less travel, more local grown food etc. The key output from a Transition initiative is an Energy Descent Action Plan. So every sub-group must take an interest in energy. However, during the early stages of the Edinburgh initiative, it was decided to have an Energy sub-group, to ensure a focus on energy and to support other sub-groups.

More localised power production will also be desirable. There is already at least one community energy initiative in Edinburgh progressing renewable energy production.

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