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S5W-02355: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 September 2016

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

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 20 September 2016

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.