Scottish Renewables, the trade association for Scotland’s wind and wave farm energy sector, has welcomed the decision by Scotland’s Energy Minister to approve the hydro pumped storage scheme near Spean Bridge.
Joss Blamire, Senior Policy Manager for Scottish Renewables, said: “This hydro scheme will act like a battery storing electricity for when it’s needed most. We all know some days are windier than others and so when wind farms are able to generate electricity during times when demand is low that excess electricity can be stored and then released at a time when it’s needed. ” He added:
“Hydro pumped storage projects can help Scotland make the most of our outstanding renewables resources and assist in ensuring we have a steady supply of electricity. The scheme will also bring other substantial benefits such as new jobs and investment into the local area.”
Scottish and Southern Energy plans to construct the 600MW project at Coire Glas, near Spean Bridge. The development would be Scotland’s biggest ever pumped storage scheme but objectors warn it could damage tourism.
The John Muir Trust (JMT) objected to the planning application and has concerns that the project would have a “severe impact” on the landscape.
And Scottish Natural Heritage had also said it would have a major negative impact on the local landscape and views would be significantly affected.