Hydro Energy Feasibility in Midlothian


A one day conference organised by the
Midlothian Federation of Community Councils
Edinburgh College Midlothian Campus
Dalhousie Road, Eskbank, EH22 3FR
Saturday 8th November 2014, 9.45 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Hydro conf provisional programme v5

Hydro conference registration form


Health Survey

A big change means that Health and Social Care Services are joining together in Midlothian.  This is a chance to take stock and reflect on how we can help people stay healthy, improve the care we provide, and make our health and care services more joined up. Before we plan what we do for the next few years, we need your help – please tell us what is important to you, what works in your area and what needs to be better. Follow this link for more information www.midlothian.gov.uk/healthsocialsurvey

Amended Scheme for Community Councils

Midlothian Federation of Community Councils (MFCC) are pleased that the Amended Midlothian Scheme for Community Councils was passed unanimously by Midlothian Council (MC) at a Special Council meeting on Tuesday 10th June.

This is the result of a collaborative “co-production” approach where, on 31st October 2012, Midlothian Council and all 16 Community Councils agreed to task a Council Official and a representative of MFCC to develop the amended scheme. As part of the process, the Amended Scheme has been reviewed by MC, by Community Councils and by 2 Public Consultations, resulting in only minor changes to the initial draft.

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