Between 2007 and 2015, the total installed capacity of renewables electricity in Scotland has more than doubled. Due to its intermittent nature, the rise in renewable generation has resulted in increased demand for flexible capacity to help meet energy balancing requirements for the national grid system.
Pumped storage hydro is considered by the Directors to be the most developed and largest capacity form of grid energy storage that currently exists. This can help reduce renewable energy curtailment and therefore promote grid stability.
A typical conventional pumped storage hydro power plant consists of four components:
Components are often housed underground.
Notice is hereby given that Intelligent Land Investments (ILI) (Highlands PSH) Ltd has been granted consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 by the Scottish Ministers to construct and operate the Red John Pumped Storage Hydro Scheme, a pumped storage hydro facility with a storage capacity of approximately 2800 megawatts hours and approximately 450 megawatts of installed electricity generation capacity. It is located approximately 14 kilometres south west of Inverness within the Highland Council planning authority area.
The Scottish Ministers have also directed, under Section 57(2) of the Town & Country Planning Act (Scotland) 1997, that planning permission is deemed to be granted for the development.
A copy of the decision documentation and this Notice have been placed on the Energy Consents Unit website and can be viewed at www.energyconsents.scot by:
- clicking on the Search tab; then,
- clicking on the Advanced Search tab; then,
- typing ECU00000728 into the ECU Reference box; then,
- clicking the GO box; then,
- clicking on ECU00000728 and then clicking on the Documents tab; then,
- clicking on the Determinations tab;
A copy of the decision documentation and this Notice has been provided to the Highland Council to be made available for public inspection by being placed on the Council’s planning register.
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