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    General News:Community-share practitioners visit

    A group of community-share practitioners visited the hydro on 2 July. The practitioners come from across the UK. They meet regularly to share knowledge and experience and support each other to grow and innovate in the community-shares market.  The group was in Oxford on a visit organised by Co-operatives UK to hear more about the…
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    General News:Moth recording at the hydro

    Volunteer moth recorders Hugo and Frankie Crombie and Simon Collings set up a light trap at the hydro on 29 June. They were back on site at 5 the next morning to see what they had caught. The star find was a buff-tip moth that resembles a piece of twig when at rest. Other moth…
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    General News:Osney Open Gardens at the hydro

    The hydro was open on Saturday 15 June as part of Osney Open Gardens, allowing visitors to see what we do. We had 114 visitors in 2 hours, a lovely mix of Osney Island residents and people passing by on the towpath. Two of our shareholders from London who had never before been inside the…
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    General News:Danish climate officers visit hydro

    A delegation from Danish local government visited the hydro at the end of May. Mai Strunge Jarvis worked on environmental sustainability for Oxford City Council before becoming Head of Climate and Environment for Haderslev municipality in Denmark. She brought the Technical and Climate Committee from the local authority, plus some officers, to see the hydro,…
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    General News:Sharing our learning

    In May the hydro had a visit from Australian Madie Sturgess who was in Britain researching community energy projects. Madie works with Australian First Nations communities that have spent years fighting against exploitation of the land by industries like mining and fracking. They want to work together for something positive and community energy gives them…
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    General News:Spring cleaning at the hydro

    Volunteers and directors have been busy sprucing up the hydro ready for Osney Open Gardens on 15 June.
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    General News:School visit to the hydro

    ‘What happens if a fish wants to go down the fish pass?’ ‘Where does this river go?’ ‘Has anyone ever fallen in the fish pass?’ These were some of the questions from an enthusiastic Year 3 class that visited the hydro on 24 May. The 30 pupils from St Andrews’ C of E Primary School in Headington…
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    General News:Generation round up

    Here is a round up of the 2023-24 financial year generation results for our renewable installations. Hydro We closed the year with total hydro generation around 124,000kWh.  This was higher than last year’s total of 105,000kWh, but still well short of our annual target of 180,000kWh. We started the financial year with a Spring of relatively…
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    General News:All set for British Summer Time

    The sun dial at Osney Lock hydro is all set for British Summer Time.
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    General News:Water water everywhere

    West Oxford is experiencing a winter of flooding.
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    General News:A treasure hunt

    Ever wondered what our directors get up to in their spare time? This weekend saw two of our number out and about on the floodplain on a special treasure hunt. The local floodplain is a haven for different species, and new director Simon had spotted that the mix of tree species at nearby Hogacre Common…
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    General News:Welcome to the grid edge

    In this video Mairi Brookes, Smart Energy Systems Director at Low Carbon Hub takes you on a tour of our local area - Osney Island, Oxford to show you how the energy system works - and explains some of the changes that are taking place at the grid edge.
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