SSE ends hydro plans after subsidy cut

Scottish and Southern Electric (SSE), the main operator of Scottish hydro power stations, said it will not be building new hydroelectric power stations, after this week’s subsidy cuts announcement by the UK government.

Existing plants under construction will not be affected, but several hydro schemes intended for the Highlands have now been shelved.

SSE has also warned that changes to Whitehall’s support regime for renewable power could significantly harm biomass burning and wind farm development.

The news comes after the government announced a 30% reduction in the Renewable Obligation Certificates companies receive per unit of energy produced.

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