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Hydro Summit identifies priority actions

Scottish Land & Estates attended a hydro industry summit, set-up by Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing, in Glasgow earlier this week.  The summit was put together in response to issues highlighted to the Minister late last year. 

Scottish Land & Estates wrote to Mr Ewing identifying an accumulation of problems including degression of Feed-in-Tariff rates, uncertainty over grid transmission dates and issues with regulatory agencies, which were more fully explored during the summit. 

There was broad consensus that the Scottish Government should raise concerns over Feed-in-Tariff degression in relation to hydro developments with the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.  The way the degression regime was being implemented was seen as the major threat to the industry in Scotland going forward.  The Minister also agreed to tackle concerns over Scottish regulatory bodies, such as Scottish Natural Heritage.  Scottish Land & Estates, Policy Officer (Environment) would be keen to hear from any members who have experienced problems taking forward hydro developments.  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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