Request Environment Agency Resources devoted to low-head Hydropower

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Dear Environment Agency,

Can you please let me know how many Environment Agency staff are employed, both part-time and full-time, in encouraging the development of low-head hydropower and can you also please confirm what their total employment cost is including pension costs. Please note that I am not enquiring about individual salaries.

Can you also please advise me the annual expenditure by the Environment Agency on funding low-head hydropower projects.

Thank you in anticiaption.

Yours faithfully,

Mike Post

Enquiries, Unit, Environment Agency

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Dear Mike

 

Thank you for your request for hydropower data.

 

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Dear Mr Post

RE: Request for information under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 (EIR) – Hydropower

 

I refer to your request for information about hydropower received on 17
October 2013.

 

Requests for information that is recorded are generally governed by the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).The information you have requested
is environmental and it is therefore exempted from the provisions of FOIA
by FOIA s.39(1). We are therefore considering your request under the
provisions of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).  EIR
regulation 12 allows a public authority to refuse to disclose
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Information requested

 

You have requested ‘Can you please let me know how many Environment Agency
staff are employed, both part-time and full-time, in encouraging the 
development of low-head hydropower and can you also please confirm what
their total employment cost is including pension costs. Please note that I
am not enquiring about individual salaries.

 

Can you also please advise me the annual expenditure by the Environment
Agency on funding low-head hydropower projects.’

 

Response

 

The scope of your requests is unclear.

 

We have many staff whose roles include functions associated with our
statutory duties to determine applications for hydropower development.
These generally require licences for water abstraction or impoundment,
together with any associated fish pass approvals or flood risk
assessments. We provide advice and guidance for anyone considering
development of a hydropower scheme, of any type, as well as making formal
determinations when we receive applications. Within this wide range of
work, we cannot isolate specific time and costs for ‘encouraging’
development.

 

We do have a small number of Environment Agency weirs on which we have
progressed proposals to allow third party developers to install hydropower
schemes. I wonder if your enquiry is about our time and costs for these
schemes?

 

I should also be grateful if you could clarify your reference to ‘funding
low-head hydropower projects’. Are you referring to expenditure, if any,
incurred in the implementation of low-head hydropower projects on our own
assets? If the scope of your enquiry is wider, please let me know what you
wish us to consider within the term ‘low-head hydropower projects’.

 

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Dear National Requests,

My apologies for my tardy reply and for not making my request clearer.

It is indeed the small number of Environment Agency weirs on which you have
progressed proposals to allow third party developers to install hydropower
schemes. My enquiry is about your time and costs for these
schemes.

My enquiry includes future and past costs incurred by the Agency in match funding the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's Weirpower project for which a European Regional Development grant has been applied.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Post

Dear National Requests,

Further to my clarification, dated 13 November 2013, I have been informed that the RBWM has been refused a ERDF grant of £940,700 to develop weirpower in the South East.

Can you please also advise what impact the refusal of this grant will have on the EA's proposal to develop Marlow Weir for hydropower.

Thank you in anticipation

Yours sincerely,

Mike Post

WT Enquiries, Environment Agency

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Dear Mr Post

 

Our Ref WT 12479

 

Thank you for your e-mail dated 17 November.

 

The refusal of the ERDF grant to RBWM council will have no impact on our
plans. We were a partner in the bid for ERDF funding to assist in
supporting development of schemes in the SE of England. This was separate
to our plans for delivering hydropower on our weirs and our work
continues, including proposals for Marlow Weir.

 

Please be aware that we are still looking into your previous request dated
13 November and are aiming to respond on or before 11 December.

 

 

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Dear WT Enquiries,

Thank you for your very rapid reply dated 21 November to my 17 November enquiry. Can you please let me know the precise date when the Environment Agency was advised either verbally or in writing that the £940,700 ERDF grant application by the RBWM had been rejected?

Thank you in anticipation.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Post

WT Enquiries, Environment Agency

Thank you for your enquiry that is being dealt with by our Customers and
Engagement Team in West Thames area.  

 

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Dear Mr Post

 

We received an e-mail from RBWM informing us on Wed 16/10/2013 at
16:10hrs.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Jean Fulker

Customers & Engagement Officer

Direct Dial: 01491 828307

 

Environment Planning & Engagement

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South East Region, West Thames Area

Red Kite House, Howbery Park, Wallingford

OX10 8BD

 

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Dear Jean

Thank you for your reply. could you please double check that you have the date correct?

Thank you in anticipation

Yours sincerely,

Mike Post

WT Enquiries, Environment Agency

Thank you for your enquiry that is being dealt with by our Customers and
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Dear Mr Post

 

The time and date is correct.  We received the e-mail from RBWM on Wed
16/10/2013 at 16:10hrs.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Jean Fulker

Customers & Engagement Officer

Direct Dial: 01491 828307

 

Environment Planning & Engagement

Environment Agency

South East Region, West Thames Area

Red Kite House, Howbery Park, Wallingford

OX10 8BD

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Jean,

Thank you for confirming the date and time that the RBWM advised you of the rejection of its ERDF grant application.

I now look forward to your response to my enquiry about the time and costs spent by the Agency on the projects to develop low head hydropower on the Environment Agency's weirs on which the Agency has progressed proposals to allow third party developers to install hydropower schemes, for example, Teddington, Romney, Bell and Marlow Weirs.

My enquiry also includes future and past costs incurred by the Agency in developing the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's Weirpower project for which a European Regional Development grant
was refused in October. This also includes the costs of research.

Can you please also say whether or not the developer of Romney Weir was required to contribute to the cost of the research carried out to discover whether or not large Archimedean screws are fish-friendly.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Post

WT Enquiries, Environment Agency

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Dear Mr Post

 

Our Ref WT 12353/12576

 

I refer to your e-mails of 13 and 27 November.

 

Please find attached our reply together with our standard notice for the
permitted use of our data.

 

We would be really grateful if you could spare five minutes to help us
improve our service. Please click on the link below and fill in our survey
– we use every piece of feedback we receive:
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If I can be of any further help, please contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Jean Fulker

Customers & Engagement Officer

Direct Dial: 01491 828307

 

Environment Planning & Engagement

Environment Agency

South East Region, West Thames Area

Red Kite House, Howbery Park, Wallingford

OX10 8BD

 

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to act on
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