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Linton Hydro

Who benefits

The Linton Lock scheme is being developed with consideration to its wider environmental impact. When built, the project will bring additional local and environmental benefits beyond the generation of renewable electricity.

Fish stock

The section of the river Ouse that stretches past Linton Lock is a popular local fishing location and holds a large variety of fish species with prevalent runs of migratory salmon, sea trout, lamprey, chub, barbel, pike and roach. The weir at Linton Lock currently presents a challenging barrier to fish that undertake upstream migration at spawning time. Although there is an existing fish pass at the weir, it is dilapidated and inefficient for most of the fish species attempting to migrate upstream. This has a negative impact on fish populations in the river Ouse catchment, particularly salmon, sea trout, eels and lamprey.

As well as improving the existing fish pass to bring it in line with best practice standards, new best practice multi species fish passes including lamprey and eels passes will be installed alongside the hydro power turbines, which will allow migratory fish species to continue migrating upstream to reach historic spawning habitat higher up the Ouse catchment.

Energy generation

The Linton Lock scheme will have an energy generating capacity of 280 kW and is expected to generate 1,250 MWh of clean electricity each year - enough to power the equivalent of 300 homes.

Additionally, the Flowpower scheme has an energy generating capacity of 100 kW and has generated an average of approximately 600 MWh each year since being commissioned – 6% higher than expected. Once work is complete to repair the existing fish pass as part of this project it is expected to produce around 620 MWh of clean electricity each year which is enough to power 150 homes.

Local community

As part of the Linton Lock scheme a canoe pass will be carved out to run alongside the turbines of the Linton Lock scheme. This will be a significant attraction, designed as a canoe slalom with lights, gates and a lifting bridge over the canoe pass. This aspect of the project is being part-funded by Canoe England and has the support of Yorkshire and Humberside Canoeing and other local groups who will be able to use the pass when completed.

The Linton Lock scheme intends to sell a proportion of the electricity that it generates to Widdington Grange Farm at a mutually beneficial rate, enabling them to meet their energy requirements from a local renewable source and reduce their energy bills. Widdington Grange Farm is situated near the village of Nun Monkton, less than a mile away from Linton Lock. It is a family-owned and run free range chicken farm committed to sustainable farming.

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