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.