Scotland lays out plans for hydro nation

The utility managing the water sector in Scotland could play a leading role in an emerging green economy, including hydropower generation, according to a new consultation paper titled ‘Building a Hydro Nation.’

Edinburgh, in the recently-published paper, examined ways in which Scotland, in particular Scottish Water, can better exploit its expertise, assets and water resources for the continuing benefit of water customers, the environment and the Scottish economy. The paper suggests Scottish Water should have increased flexibility to generate green energy, develop commercial opportunities and take on additional functions.

First Minister Alex Salmond has outlined his vision for Scotland as a “hydro nation” that would see Scottish Water generate 5 percent of the country’s electricity through wind farms, water turbines and gas produced by sewage plants.

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