ScottishPower’s proposals to meet the requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive on the rivers serving the Galloway Hydro Scheme, which includes the River Doon and the River Dee, are currently being considered by The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).
The company has stated today that its application to SEPA will remain intact but, following extensive consultation with local communities, local authorities and parliamentarians; they will not implement any reductions to the compensation flow on the River Doon. The company will still seek to increase the flows serving the River Dee between 2015 and 2021 as per the current licence application.
A company spokesman said: “We have taken on board the feedback we have received from all stakeholders and balanced this against legal requirements and conservation of renewable energy. Given the strength of feeling around wider impacts of our proposals, we have decided not to seek to alter the compensation flows in the River Doon.”
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