With news in recent months being focussed on the halt on the UK's anticipated investment in nuclear power, we take a look at Scotland and yesterday's official opening of the RWE ran Cia Aig hydro power plant.
With a 2 megawatt (MW) capacity, the Cia Aig run-of-river scheme started generating electricity in March after nearly two years of construction. It is anticipated that it will produce sufficient green energy to supply an equivalent of about 1,850 properties each year.
RWE International is increasing its hydropower portfolio in Scotland so despite the UK Government’s decision to cut support for renewable energy projects last year including the removal of the Climate Change Levy (CCL) for renewable power and the feed-in tariffs for small scale hydropower, Scotland remain committed:
Because of Scotland, the UK is RWE's second largest portfolio of hydropower schemes yet what are the options for the rest of the country?
In a little over 5 years it is planned that 'green' power from Norway will power over 14% of UK households courtesy of the world's longest sub-sea electricity interconnector. At more than 730km long, it will transport enough power for 750,000 homes at peak demand. With go ahead for the project given last year by National Grid and Norway's counterpart, Statnett, it is expected to cost £1.4bn but deliver an ROI of up to £3.5bn within 20 years.
Not only will it enable the UK to utilise power at short notice, Norway will also be able to import power from the UK during periods when hydroelectric power is less widely available.
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