About Us

Quick link: Osney Lock Hydro Rules

Osney Lock Hydro was set up by a group of local residents to enable the development of a community-owned hydro scheme in the heart of Oxford. It is the first community hydro scheme on the Thames.

We want to harness the power of the river to generate green energy and reduce our community’s carbon emissions. The hydro will also create a sustainable income stream to fund environmental projects well into the next half of the century.

Set on the banks of the river Thames at Osney Lock, opposite the site of Oxford’s first electrical power station, it is one of only three sites suitable for hydro generation in the city. Building work started in the summer of 2013, with the first electricity generated in May 2015.

The idea for the project was first raised in 2002, and after several years of community consultation and pre-development planning, was been brought to investment readiness by West Oxford Community Renewables (WOCoRe), a local group with a track record in successfully delivering community-owned renewable projects.

Osney Lock Hydro is now an independent organisation, a Registered Society, for the benefit of the Community.  We have been set up using the Wessex model rules, which are available for inspection here. Osney Hydro Rules