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30 Jun 2009 09:06:04

SSE proposes development of hydroelectric schemes in Scotland



SSE proposes development of hydroelectric schemes in Scotland
Proposals have been revealed for the development of two new large-scale pumped-storage hydroelectric power generation facilities in Scotland's Great Glen.

The Scottish government will now consider the environmental impact of the renewable energy plans, which are scheduled to be submitted by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) in 2011.

If the go-ahead is given, they would represent the UK's first new pumped-storage facilities since 1974, when construction began on the Dinorweg scheme in Wales.

SSE announced the new proposals at a ceremony to mark the opening of the first large-scale conventional hydroelectric station to be opened in Great Britain for 50 years at Glendoe, near Loch Ness.

Ian Marchant, chief executive of the utilities company, said: "Our goal is to maintain a diversified portfolio of power stations, with the flexibility to respond to customer demand for electricity, while achieving a 50 percent reduction in the carbon dioxide intensity of electricity produced.

"Pumped storage can help us achieve this goal and, after 30 years, I believe is a technology whose time can come again."

Earlier this month, SSE also marked the start of work on the latest development in its renewable energy portfolio, a 152-turbine windfarm in Clyde which will provide power to 200,000 homes a year.

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