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Older Items - General News - Hydro Electric

View of wier from Marlow lock
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Members of the Society will remember discussions that took place during the last two years about a scheme to install hydroelectric generation equipment at the weir in Marlow. This was to be similar to the system installed at Windsor. The River Thames news reported on 30 Nov 15:


Three hydro power schemes on the River Thames have now been shelved because of a change in Government policy on renewable energy.


But three others at Teddington and Ham, at Runnymede and at Culham are going ahead after beating a Government deadline.


As previously reported on River Thames News backers of a scheme at Abingdon have announced they will no longer go ahead because, among other factors, "the incentives that were designed to encourage groups like ours have been cut drastically."


Now it has emerged that two more hydro schemes at Boulters Lock, Maidenhead, and at Marlow will no longer go ahead.


Renewable energy supporters blame the Government's decision to scrap "pre-authorisation" - a guarantee of the price at which companies can sell the electricity they produce once the plants are built.


David DeChambeau, CEO of SE Power Engineering, whose Romney installation produces power for Windsor Castle, said: "The new rules make it impossible for investors because there is no way of predicting the return on investment. ... It is a great pity because both Boulters and Marlow are ideal sites for hydro projects."


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