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Question reference: S5W-02355

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: 6 September 2016
  • Current status: Answered by Paul Wheelhouse on 20 September 2016


To ask the Scottish Government what suitable sites it has identified for new hydro-electric schemes.


It is the role of developers, rather than the Scottish Government, to identify suitable sites for new hydro-electric schemes in Scotland.

However, the Scottish Government is committed to encouraging and promoting hydro-electric power and creating a supportive environment. At present, over 70% of the small scale hydro projects in operation in the UK are in Scotland. This includes a number of community hydro projects and the recently consented, 600MW, Coire Glas project.