VENUE Edinburgh College Midlothian Campus,
Dalhousie Road, Eskbank, EH22 3FR
DATE Saturday 8th November 2014, 9.45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For further details or to register please contact Malcolm Spaven, tel 0771 044 7378 or email MidlothianHydro@outlook.com or download the Hydro conference registration form word document.
1000-1010 Welcome and introduction Councillor Ian Baxter
1010-1030 The history of hydro power in Midlothian
1030-1050 The benefits and costs of hydro power
1050-1110 Technical feasibility: identifying the hydro resource in Midlothian Jim Campbell (SAC Consulting)
1110-1130 Coffee break
1130-1150 Technical feasibility: different hydro technologies and their applications Douglas Henderson (Napier University)
1150-1210 Practical experience: installing and operating hydro turbines on Scottish Water assets Claire Chapman (Scottish Water)
1210-1230 Practical experience: Harlaw Hydro Simon Dormer (Harlaw Hydro)
1230-1250 Practical experience: other community hydro
1350-1430 Ownership options: public-private, local authority, community, co-operative Paul Phare (Energy4All), Andy Maybury (Community Energy Scotland), Vijay Bhopal (Scene Consulting)
1430-1510 Funding sources and mechanisms
1510-1530 Tea break
1530-1630 Panel session: identifying the next steps
1630-1645 Agreement on actions
What is hydro energy?
Hydro energy – the generation of electricity from the power of water and gravity – is taking off in the UK. As part of the drive to reduce our dependence on climate-damaging fossil fuels to generate our electricity, hydro offers carbon-free and sustainable energy. Hydro power is flexible – it can be generated from sources ranging from quite small burns right up to major projects at dams and reservoirs. The smaller projects are ideally suited to community-based and community-owned schemes.
What can we do to explore the potential for hydro energy in Midlothian?
Midlothian has significant hydro power potential, with two substantial rivers running through the county. The North Esk provided hydro power for much of Midlothian’s paper, explosives and other industries over hundreds of years. The South Esk has several former mills and a number of reservoirs with a significant head of water.
There are numerous examples around the UK of modern hydro power technology being successfully established in areas that require sensitivity to environmental impact, leisure access and cultural heritage. Hydro power from Midlothian’s river and reservoir assets has the potential to deliver significant savings in greenhouse gas emissions, the creation of local jobs, innovative community-based ownership and control and the enhancement of former mill and industrial sites as community and visitor attractions.
The aim of the conference
Midlothian’s Community Councils have collaborated to organise this conference with the aim of bringing together technical experts, funding and support bodies, community organisations and Midlothian Council to find out what we need to do to develop hydro power in Midlothian and how communities can get involved.
For further details contact the organisers at MidlothianHydro@outlook.com
Click to download the Hydro conference registration form word document.