Latest set of drawings made public

We’re pleased to say that TLS Energy have produced the latest set of drawings for us, which includes some three-dimensional renders.

Abstraction Licence Granted

The Environment Agency have granted Waterside Energy Limited a full abstraction licence to install the plant at Little Paxton. The designs submitted have been accepted and Waterside Green Energy Limited has four years to complete the installation and start generating electricity.

St Neots Town Council awards grant

Today St Neots Town Council awarded a grant of £10,000 to Waterside Green Energy Limited to commission a highways engineer to design and draw plans. This will then go to Cambridgeshire County Council highways team for approval which will enable planning permission for the whole project to be submitted to Huntingdonshire District Council.

Third Annual General Meeting

The highlights from our third Annual General Meeting are as follows.

  • Members went through final design plans with Waterside Green Energy Limited team.
  • Local authorities all committed and supportive.
  • On target to finish installation and start generating by 2025.

Mayor Dr Nik Johnson visits the site

The Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority visited our Little Paxton site this week. We look forward to working with all levels of government as we scope the next stage of the project. Alongside Nik Johnson we were joined by Cllr Stephen Ferguson, Christine Green and Cllr Lara Davenport-Ray.

Potential cheaper electricity for local people

Energy Local is a national organisation that links energy created by renewable generators directly to local consumers who will pay less per unit than with other providers. Energy Local estimate at least 275 households in the immediate area could benefit from this arrangement.

Improved layout for hydropower plant

TLS  presented the WGE Team with an improved design for the hydropower plant layout which is better fitted to the constraints of the site. Adrian Clayton from TLS Renewable Consulting presented our team with an improved layout design for the hydropower plant. The advantages are:

  • Less abrupt intake
  • More streamlined
  • Reduced footprint
  • Regulation fish and eel pass
  • Potentially cheaper to instal

Cambridgeshire adopt a community energy policy

On 16 March 2023, Cambridgeshire County Council formally adopted a Community Energy Policy. Under this policy the council defined ways it wants to work with local community organisations to ensure community driven renewable energy projects are supported. We have endorsed their timely commitment and have approached those responsible to find out how it will apply to us.

Flow loggers installed

On 6 December, TLS Energy arranged for flow loggers to be installed on-site, upstream as near as possible to the input channel and downstream near to the output pipe.

Flow loggers allow the flow of The River Ouse to be carefully monitored through the section where the hydropower installation will be sited, over an extended period of time.

They will record all variations as the flow changes. This refined data will lead to more accurate calculations resulting in better-generating capacity and turbine design.

New contractor announced

From 1 November 2022, WGE contracted with TLS Energy Consulting. They will work with us to complete the remaining funded work through to installation. Adrian Clayton is our Project Manager at TLS. He is one of the most experienced “run of the river” hydro engineers in the country and we look forward to a productive working relationship.