Wind power is picking up speed not only in the United States but also in other parts of the world. The Scottish government has approved a 400MW capacity hydropower station in Dumfries and Galloway. The project promises to bring hundreds of temporary jobs to the area.
The station will be built in Glenmuckloch, near Kirkconnel, on a site that is currently operated as a surface coal mine.
“The Scottish Government believes there is a huge opportunity around pumped storage hydro,” said Keith Brown, cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work. “This tried and tested technology can support peak demand and effectively store greater levels of electricity at times when renewable energy output is high but demand is low.”
“With an installed capacity of up to 400 MW, and supporting 327 temporary and up to 15 permanent jobs, the Glenmuckloch station will help support the local economy in Dumfries and Galloway and support the growth of renewables in Scotland’s energy mix.”
The 327 temporary workers will be employed to build the facility, and the 15 permanent jobs will be created to operate it once it is built. The project is a joint venture between Buccleuch and 2020 Renewables. A major financial investment from other partners is still needed for the project to proceed. The UK Government sets energy policy, and meetings have taken place to discuss the need for a stable revenue mechanism to encourage investment.
Pumped storage hydroelectricity stations have the capacity to store large amounts of energy and provide flexibility in electricity supply. Beyond the creation of new jobs, the station will have a positive impact on the local energy environment.