BY RICHARD PALMER
The Queen is to try to cut her spiralling fuel bill by resurrecting a £1 million scheme to supply Windsor Castle with hydroelectric power from the River Thames.
With her numerous royal residences facing rising fuel prices, the monarch is determined to cut costs while helping to save the environment by using green electricity rather than burning fossil fuels that cause pollution.
Her annual bill for gas, electricity and water last year was £2.4 million so it should come as no surprise that she is anxious to keep the costs down.
Royal Household officials have begun discussions with an energy firm that has submitted revised plans to build a hydroelectric power plant at Romney Weir on the Thames, 300 yards from Windsor Castle.
The original plans for a four-turbine 200 kilowatt plant at the weir were shelved in March last year because of technical problems that made it financially unviable.
But now the energy company npower renewables has produced a revamped scheme using two powerful turbines that will create cheaper electricity.
A planning application for the scheme, which would supply up to a third of the energy needed to power the Queen’s favourite royal residence, the largest occupied castle in the world, is due to go before Windsor and Maidenhead Council on July 9. It is expected to be built and start supplying the castle next year.
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