SSE withdraws Tummel hydroscheme application for variation

date26 September 2014

SEPA has received a letter from Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) dated 15 September 2014, notifying SEPA that it is withdrawing its application to vary the Tummel hydropower licence with immediate effect.

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The application had been submitted by SSE to modify its licence and amend flows in order to improve the water environment within areas of the Tay and Spey catchments.

This is a disappointing outcome. SEPA was in the final stages of determining the application, following several years of working with SSE and other key stakeholders to attempt to deliver significant environmental improvements, whilst recognising the important benefits which electricity generation from renewable sources provides to Scotland.

SEPA Area Manager, Colin Anderson, said:

SEPA will continue to work towards delivering improvements and meeting environmental objectives in relevant rivers that were part of the SSE application, and will now consider the most suitable way forward.”

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