Scotland’s Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said the future of hydro projects and jobs are under threat unless the UK Government improves subsidies for hydro electricity schemes. Scotland’s hydropower industry is at a “crossroads” as a result of subsidy cuts, Scotland’s Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse warns. Mr Wheelhouse said the future of hydro projects and jobs are under threat unless the UK Government improves subsidies for hydro electricity schemes.
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THE latest hydro development in the north of Scotland, producing 3MW of power, has officially launched. The Cia Aig Hydro Scheme is located on the Abhainn Chia-aig river, at the eastern end of Loch Arkaig, approximately 20 miles to the north of Fort William. The scheme took 24 months to construct at a cost of just under £12M, and became operational with the first turbine in February 2016. RWE Innogy UK’s latest run-of-river hydro scheme in Scotland was officially inaugurated by Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy together with Hans Bunting, the firm’s chief operating officer for renewables. Dr Bunting said: “Scotland is a great place to do business. We value the skilled supply chain that Scotland can offer and when developing our renewables projects, it is important to us that we are able to work with local companies and to maximise the economic benefits to the local economy.” Mr Paul Wheelhouse added: “Congratulations to RWE Innogy UK on the inauguration of their hydro power station Cia Aig.
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