1. Scottish Power to Double Size of Cruachan Hydro Power Station to Store Renewable Energy

    Scottish Power to Double Size of Cruachan Hydro Power Station to Store Renewable Energy

    SCOTTISH POWER plans to more than double the size of a hydro-electric power station built inside a mountain to help store renewable energy. The firm said a feasibility study shows Cruachan hydro power station in Argyll can be expanded - increasing its current generating capacity from 440mw by 400-600mw. But costs of up to £400 million will halt the development unless ScottishPower can secure a guaranteed floor price for its use from the Government, in return for a cap on profits.

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    1. A new generation of pumped storage hydro would be a major asset for electricity systems worldwide as more renewable electricity continues to come online.
    2. Along with efforts to reduce electricity demand and strengthen interconnectors, increasing our hydro-pumped storage capacity would go a long way to helping deliver a fossil-fuel free power system. That is why the UK and Scottish governments need to work with industry to incentivise investment in pumped storage.
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