RWE International has increased its hydropower portfolio in Scotland with the recent commissioning of the 2MW Cia Aig run-of-river scheme and start of construction of the 2MW Grudie project.

With Cia Aig, the company now operates 15 hydroelectric power stations in Scotland. The project began generating electricity in March 2016 after a two year construction period. Construction of the Grudie scheme, which is approximately 120 kilometres to the north of Cia Aig, started in February.

In a statement the firm said it plans to grow the number of small-scale hydroelectric power plants in Scotland despite the UK Government’s decision to cut support for renewable energy projects.

"Scotland offers optimum conditions for small-scale, distributed hydroelectric schemes, which preserve the ecosystems of small rivers and the landscape and make an important contribution to distributed renewable energy generation," said Hans-Christoph Funke, Head of the Hydropower Division at RWE International. "We want to focus on such renewable energy projects in the future and intend to develop and build additional power plants. We count on the support of the British government."