While the situation at Avoncliff rumbles forward other people are getting their turbines going and doing their bit to keep the lights on.
We understand that the new Archimedes screw turbine at Iford just up the road from Avoncliff has now been commissioned (December 2011) and is operating rather well. We hope to treat you to some pictures and video here in a while.
We keep going on about it - but the Queen's turbine at Windsor is moving along nicely too.(video)
That the Environment Agency is making such an unholy mess of issuing permits to hydropower schemes is truly scandalous. The turbine at North Mill would have been operating for almost a year by now if they hadn't mishandled the applications so appallingly at Avoncliff.