What next for Cruachan?
The UK has led the world in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable power, and Scotland has been at the forefront of this renewables revolution. Drax wants to go even further and unlock Scotland’s full renewable potential by expanding Cruachan pumped hydro storage plant.
Pumped storage hydro stations, like Cruachan, have never been more important to the country’s decarbonisation. They provide flexible and responsive power generation and storage capacity which complements renewables like wind and are essential for delivering the Scottish Government’s 2045 net zero target. Increasing Cruachan's generation would help ensure that more flexible sources of energy are available and can be called upon to power our needs when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shinning.
For this reason, an expansion at Cruachan Power Station is planned. Subject to planning consent, a second pumped storage hydro plant will be developed to the east of the existing Cruachan Station.