Hydroelectric Scheme in Conwy Valley

Last week, fresh plans were lodged for a controversial £12m hydroelectric scheme on the River Conwy.

RWE Innogy UK wants to build the power station on the Conwy Falls, south of Betws-­y-­Coed ­ one of the most scenic stretches of the river. The Snowdonia National Park Authority rejected the initial plans.

The scheme would have a capacity of up to 5 megawatts (MW) – enough to supply the average annual domestic requirements of over 3,200 households and help save up to 6,450 tonnes of carbon by reducing emissions from fossil fuel burning plant.

Energy from the scheme would be fed directly into the local electrical substation at Betws-y-Coed thereby meeting the average electricity needs of the town and surrounding area. This would contribute to the ‘greening’ credentials of this important tourism town.

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