Scottish Hydro Performance Monitor


This monitor was established in January 2017 with the support of leading players in the hydro sector such as Green Highland Renewables, Glen Hydro, Wemyss Renewables and DHG. It has now grown to the point that it covers more than 40 schemes each month, reporting separately on storage schemes and run-of-river schemes.

The analysis below covers the first 10 months of 2018, and the possibly surprising news is that performance this year is more or less in line with last year, with average load factors for run of river schemes running at 28% in 2018 as compared to 29% in 2017.

Preliminary data shows that July was well down on last year, but August saw a pick up, in the west at least and September looks promising for hydro scheme owners. 

All scheme owners are welcome to participate in the monthly monitor. We hope that, with more schemes being added throughout 2018, it will shortly be possible to introduce regional analysis.

Scottish Hydro Sector  performance

The Hunter Hydro Performance monitor has tracked the performance of more than 50 FIT scale hydro schemes across Scotland since January 2017. The monitor provides participants with a valuable benchmark against which to compare their schemes and it also provides a useful tool for setting monthly targets.

As the data and graphs below illustrate, no two years are the same, however 2020 was quite unusual in almost precisely following a pattern that resembles the longer term picture in terms of seasonality. 

A further benefit of the monitor is that it is useful in guiding when to visit Scotland for holidays. The answer being May.