Dear Environment Agency,
It was reported to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Big Society Panel on 5th July 2012:
“The Environment Agency has assessed hydropower proposals for Marlow, Bell, Boulters and Boveney weirs.
1. Southeast Power Engineering Ltd (SEPEL), in partnership with MaidEnergy co-operative, have been awarded exclusive rights to develop Marlow. MaidEnergy are intending to issue a Community Share launch, allowing local people to invest in, and benefit from, the development of hydropower.
2. Southeast Power Engineering Ltd has been awarded Bell Weir and is starting development of the hydropower project at this, with an estimated completion date of mid 2013.
3. HP Projects (James Heather and Paul Parker) have been awarded Boulters. HP Projects are the same team (known as Ham Hydro) who are developing Teddington. Whilst a commercial enterprise, they are committed through the expression of interest to put 15% of the generating income back into local renewable energy projects.
4. Boveney is not being developed at this stage due to the poor proximity of the sub-station and generation potential as there is limited head for fall, but may become viable in future as ERDF funding supports development of the technology by Southeast Power Engineering Ltd.”
Can you please provide:
• details of the Environment Agency’s assessment of the proposals for the weirs, including the impact assessments and the cost-benefit analyses, (if any) that were carried out to support the installations and in particular how the Environment Agency assessed the effect on upstream flood risk at Marlow and Bell Weirs;
• details of the process which resulted in SEPEL and Maidenergy being awarded exclusive rights to develop Marlow Weir, SEPEL being awarded rights to develop Bell Weir and HP Projects being awarded rights to develop Boulters Weir;
• the names of the groups or organizations which also bid for the development rights to the three weirs;
• details of the due diligence process that was performed by the Environment Agency to satisfy itself that the selected organizations would be capable of executing the developments including past development record and technical and financial capacity;
• details of the guarantees that will be put in place to ensure that, should the developer fail to complete the installation at Marlow weir, or abandon it in the future, the objects such as the screws and troughs will be removed.
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