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Scottish First Minister unveils plans for hydropower, other renewable energy

Outlining his program for government, First Minister and Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond said legislation to reform state utility Scottish Water would be among 10 bills to be presented during the final session of the Scottish Parliament before next May's elections, local media reported.

State-owned utility Scottish Water is to be given new powers to build hydropower projects, wind farms and "green" power stations in partnership and competition with established energy companies under a plan unveiled by Salmond, media reported.

The company, one of the country's last remaining state-owned firms, could generate GBP 300 million (US462 million) or more in extra revenues, according to reports.

In other news, marine hydro firm Atlantis Resources Corporation announced it has successfully deployed its AK1000 tidal turbine - which Atlantis calls the world's largest rotor diameter tidal turbine - on its subsea berth at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland. 

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