A new hydro scheme that would have the capacity to power more than 5,000 homes a year is planned near Arbroath.
Scottish Water has brought forward plans to develop the new mini hydro power scheme at Muirheads Service Reservoir at Colliston as part of its renewable energy programme.
A spokesman for the company said it had recently submitted a planning application for an energy generating hydro turbine at the reservoir to Angus Council.
“If we proceed with the scheme the construction of the hydro turbine and associated infrastructure would take place within the site boundary,” the spokesman said.
“It is currently anticipated that the power generated will be exported to the national grid. The income generated will help to offset Scottish Water’s energy costs and help us meet renewable energy targets set out in our delivery plan.
“The turbine would have the capacity to generate 25gwh per annum by 31 March 2015 enough to power 5,200 homes annually.”
In a supporting statement to Angus Council, Scottish Water stated it has been reviewing the potential renewable energy that currently exists within its assets.
“The Water Industry Commission for Scotland is keen to promote environmental improvement and actions to mitigate climate change that are also within the interests of the customer,” said the statement.
“Additional hydro power generation has been identified as a potential carbon reduction measure. Scottish Water is required now to increase generation of renewable energy and also to deliver savings as a result of these schemes.”
The report added: “The nature, scale and design of the development is consistent with the existing infrastructure on the site and complies with Scottish Water’s standard design approach for operational sites.”
Scottish Water has said the development will be visible from the public road to the north and the minor road to the south-east. A “high speed piece of rotating equipment” would also result in noise coming from the site.
However, water bosses say the nearest residential property is around 200m away and that “operational noise is not considered to be an issue”.
The site sits in countryside to the north-west of Arbroath.