A huge pumped storage hydro scheme on Loch Ness has moved a step closer after approval from Scottish ministers. The £550 million Red John project was rejected by Highland council before going to a public inquiry last year. Holyrood has now given its blessing to the development, near Dores. Pumped storage works by water being drawn up into a reservoir when there is too much energy in the grid. When energy is needed, the water flows from the top pool through tunnels to turn turbines and produce electricity. The technology has been likened to a battery and pumped storage is seen as a possible solution to balancing out the intermittent nature of wind power. Scotland already has pumped storage facilities at Cruachan and Loch Mhor with capacities of 440 and 300 megawatts respectively. Holyrood gave consent last year to a 1,500MW project near Loch Lochy in the Highlands.
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