A three hour debate was held at Holyrood last week to mark the 70th anniversary of the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. There was cross party agreement as to the importance of harnessing new hydropower in bringing economic benefits while reducing emissions and recognition of the potential for and value of further pump storage hydro-projects in Scotland. Indeed, a report for the Scottish Government published in January 2010 suggested a combined potential capacity of 1,204 MW could be achieved from over 7000 small scale hydro schemes.
The importance of micro hydropower in terms of community ownership was also discussed, with a belief that community ownership can create opportunities to empower and enrich communities.
A full transcript of the debate can be obtained online here.
Turcan Connell's Renewables Team advises landowners on an extensive range of renewable energy projects in Scotland. If you require advice on hydropower schemes, or would like more information on community ownership, contact us.