It could create 150 local jobs and supply energy to around 1 million homes, says energy company SSE. But if the John Muir Trust has its way, the Coire Glas hydro scheme might never be built, according to Scottish newspaper The Herald
.The Trust’s main objection is that is that the dual reservoir system cannot be classed as a source of renewable energy as it would use more energy than it could produce (an unassailable point, as it is clearly intended for energy storage rather than generation) and must obey the laws of thermodynamics.
This misleading complaint aside, the Trust says that the first new pumped hydro facility to be built since the mid-60s would ruin the local landscape and encourage more wind turbines, a renewable resource that the organisation has already attempted to demonise, if reports in the local press are anything to go by.
Due to the size of the project, ministers from the Scottish Parliament will have the final say on the matter, but any substantial objections by the local Highland Council would trigger a public inquiry which could result in the project being axed.