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Understanding Scotland’s hydropower resources

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A full understanding of the hydropower resource and sector in Scotland is required to ensure that subsequent research builds on an up-to-date and comprehensive knowledge base

Aim: to establish full understanding of Scotland’s installed hydropower resources and related considerations

We have reviewed and synthesised the current information, knowledge and research that are relevant to hydro-electric power (HEP) development in Scotland. A full understanding is required to ensure that our research builds on an up-to-date and comprehensive knowledge base.

Literature reviews have been undertaken on:

  • The current state of Scotland’s HEP resource and the potential for future expansion.
  • Current understanding of the impacts of HEP on the physical and biotic aspects of Scottish river systems.
  • The potential impacts of climate change and land use on installed and planned HEP resource.
  • The legislative and regulatory context for HEP development.

To find out more about this work contact Susan Cooksley.


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