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Two hydropower plants get approval

Two hydropower plants get approval

Two new hydropower schemes with the capacity to provide electricity to 3,500 homes have received approval from the Scottish government.

Combined, the two run-of-river schemes from Scottish and Southern Energy and Npower will have a capacity of six megawatts (MW).

Energy minister Jim Mather said that using hydropower cut emissions and benefitted the economy.

He added: "These two schemes are prime examples - operating in harmony with the environment, they will be able to power over 3,500 homes - a tangible demonstration that new hydro power has a bright future in Scotland.

"We are determined to exploit all of Scotland's diverse renewables potential and we will continue to support sustainable hydro development - large and small - to tackle climate change and contribute to economic growth."

The Scottish government has committed to meeting 50 per cent of the country's electricity demand from renewables by 2050.

Its interim target of 31 per cent by 2011 is set to be surpassed as the combined total of existing, in construction and already consented projects reaches 5.5GW capacity.

According to the British Hydropower Association, hydropower accounts for 40 per cent of the renewable electricity generated in the UK.

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