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Record Hydro Electric Output In Scotland

Rain and Snowmelt brings SSE Record for Output of Hydro Electricity

Energy production from conventional hydro electric schemes operated in the North of Scotland by SSE Generation, the generation division of SSE plc, has reached the highest levels since records began in the 1930s – with four weeks of the 2011/12 financial year still to go.

Output for this financial year has already passed the previous record of 3,890GWh (gigawatt hours) and is set to pass 4,000GWh for the first time.

SSE owns and operates more than 50 hydro electric power stations in Highland, Perth and Kinross and Argyll and Bute, with a total capacity of 1,150MW (megawatts).  This includes the 100MW Glendoe hydro electric scheme, where electricity production is expected to resume this summer.

SSE’s Managing Director for Generation, Paul Smith, said:

“This all time record for hydro electricity production is the result of our continued investment in refurbishment of our hydro schemes in the North of Scotland coupled with a particularly high amount of rainfall and snowmelt in each hydro catchment “.

“This investment and weather conditions that are ideal for hydro production has ensured the continuing success of hydro power as a valued source of renewable energy.”

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