Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing MSP, gave assurances at a hydro seminar earlier this week that he would do all he could to ease the barriers that currently make small-scale hydro-power schemes difficult to progress in Scotland. At the seminar, organised by Davidson Chalmers, the Minister talked about meeting with Greg Barker MP, UK Minister for Energy and Climate Change, to better tailor Feed-in-Tariffs for hydro schemes to the nature of this technology, and to work with Scotland’s regulatory bodies to streamline regulatory burdens.
Scottish Land & Estates has been in regular contact with the Minister about problems that our members have highlighted to us with taking forward small-scale hydro projects. It was clear from his speech at the seminar, that the Minister had taken on board the points we had raised with him and was doing what he could to address the issues. The Minister also called for as much evidence of the difficulties that landowners, managers and developers are experiencing as possible to be sent to him, since he can only resolve problems if he has detailed information to support the issues. Anyone who can provide the Minister with such information is urged to do so.