Scotland 'has proud hydroelectricity history'

09 Sep 2010
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Scotland 'has proud hydroelectricity history'

Scotland has a "fantastic" advantage with regards to renewable energy developments, according to the country's energy minister.

Jim Mather stated that Scotland has a particularly proud history in the hydroelectricity sector, which already provides homes and businesses around the country with power.

He was speaking as the Scottish government unveiled plans to push forward with renewable energy developments in the nation.

Capital grants could now be on offer for firms, while local authorities will be given the power to decide about smaller onshore hydroelectricity schemes.

"We're making sure that our renewables policy remains responsive to the needs of the market," commented Mr Mather.

He also called for Westminster to "deliver a level playing field" with regards to selling excess renewable energy back to the National Grid.

One of the largest renewable energy developments in Scotland is located around Loch Earn, Loch Lyon and Loch Tay and is capable of producing around 120MW of hydroelectric power. 

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