Scottish Water plans wind project

Post by Jeff Stevens on 31st December 2012 in General industry

Scottish Water plans wind project

Scottish Water has announced plans to construct a new wind farm in Angus, which the company says could provide a third of its energy needs. 

The publicly-owned utility supplier has entered into a partnership with wind energy firm Eneco to develop the 18-turbine, 54MW project at Backwater Reservoir near Kirriemuir. A public consultation and impact assessments will take place before work can begin, however. 

"We want to become increasingly energy efficient while helping to meet Scotland's ambitious renewable energy targets," said Scottish Water commercial director Chris Banks. "The more Scottish Water commits to renewable generation on its own assets at stable future prices the more efficient we become." 

A number of large firms have already announced plans to develop their own renewable energy projects, including the Co-operative, BT, Ikea and Sainsbury's. The Scottish government granted Scottish Water the freedom to link up with private firms to develop green power projects in 2010. 

Holyrood currently aims to derive all of Scotland's electricity supply from renewable sources by the end of the present decade.

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