Energy - Renewable

An Assessment of Hydropower Potential in Cheshire West and Chester. Conducted by Mann Power in 2010. (We've had to reduce the file size, and hence the quality, in order to upload  the document). Here.

Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Study for Cheshire West and Chester. Conducted by Verco in 2012. It looks at existing heat and energy usage, including domestic heating and oil refineries. Here.

Sat 14th Nov
Community Energy Conference, West Cheshire. Presentations from DECC on Climate Change Policy, NEF on young people in energy projects, EST on the Community Energy Resource Hub. Workshops on Urban Community Energy Fund, Grid Connection Opportunities, Wood Allotments, Tax Relief on Investment. 10am – 3pm, Helsby High School. Notes to come.

Burbo Bank Extension
Following the completion of most of Dong’s environmental surveys and public consultations Dong Energy has produced a consultation report and summer newsletter for your information. The PEI NTS is also available to provide you with the most recent environmental information as part of their environmental impact assessment process for the Project. All documents are available via their website:

Hydro power comes to Stockport!

Two hydro power schemes have been given the go-ahead in Stockport. Otterspool Weir and Stringer Weir are archimedian screw setups which together will generate over 500MWh/yr.

Social enterprise Water Power Enterprises (H2oPE) is developing the two sites for construction in 2010. This follows on from a feasibility study produced by Stockport Council last year.

Both schemes will be owned by the community with surplus profits funding further environmental schemes in Stockport. 

These schemes, totalling 130kW, will generate over 500,000 units of electricity per year, saving 215 tonnes of CO2, and will return over £1 million back to Stockport over their lifetime. They'll be co-operatively owned by Stockport Hydro Ltd.

The schemes are to be funded by a mixture of grants, a share offer and bank loan.

H2oPE is funded by the Co-operative Group, Joseph Rowntrees Charitable Trust and Key Fund Yorkshire. Otterspool Weir received a £100k grant from the NWDA Carbon Challenge Fund.

For more information, contact Steve Welsh (steve.welsh[at]

See for a 2005 Hydro-Electricity Feasibility Study for Stockport.

Micro Hydro seminar, Middlewich, 7th October 2010
A report/notes

Torrs Hydro in New Mills
Another Archimedes Screw turbine. See Notes from C+W LCCN meeting, 13/7/11

Is Your Business Not On Mains Gas?

Not having access to mains gas means that your business heating costs can be twice that of your competitors.
However the government is bringing forward a new incentive that will pay you to use renewable heating sources each year for 15 years. The scheme, due to start in 2011, is called the Renewable Heat Incentive or RHI.
You could be using green heating oil, biomass, ground source heat pumps and other low carbon heating technologies.
In advance of this scheme Mersey Forest are contacting businesses in Cheshire and Warrington who are not connected to mains gas and have the most to benefit.
To read more about the RHI and to register to be contacted by an impartial advisor:
Or call The Mersey Forest Offices on 01925 816217.

Leaflet - - - - Press Release - - - -

and for further information, business case studies and a copy of the Cheshire and Warrington Off-Gas Grid Study please visit

Free PV panels on your roof?
Here's some hints on what to ask the installing company. There's more information on the CAT website

Community Renewables Finance School

This ran Wed 24th November/1st December/8th December 2010, Manchester

Do you dream of installing a small scale hydro project or wind turbine where you live, but don't know where to start? Is your community building crying out for a biomass boiler or a set of solar panels? Have you heard about feed in tariffs, heat incentives and paybacks and wondered whether your voluntary organisation could benefit?.

Last winter, Carbon Co-op and Carbon Leapfrog ran a series of masterclass sessions, practical, how-to guides for people
interested in low carbon projects that would transform their communities and their environment. Each session featured advice from a panel of professional experts from around the North West and the City of London. The emphasis of the programme was on sharing knowledge and experience and on practical solutions.

1. Inspiring Communities - engagement and planning
10.30-4pm, Wednesday 24th November 2010
Featuring a series of case studies, identifying key pitfalls and looking at monitoring. Featuring: getting going, communications, footprinting and engagement, renewables assessments, finance planning for communities and legal structures.

2. Finance and legal issues
10.30-4pm, Wednesday 1st December 2010
Governance issues, tax advice, options for investment, benefiting from incentives such as Feed In Tariffs and Renewable Heat Incentives, the co-operative way, community finance options and project planning for finance.

3. Installation and maintenance
10.30-4pm, Wednesday 8th December 2010
Practical advice on low carbon technologies. Running and sustaining a project long term. Featuring a series of case studies/pitfalls/monitoring

Followed by Fuelling Manchester - a social event for renewables projects in Manchester

More information on the events and the latest experts:

Part of NESTA's Community Diffusion programme.
Carbon Co-op:
Carbon Leapfrog:

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