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Thursday 18 January, 2007

Scottish & Sthn.Engy

Planning Consent Granted

Scottish & Southern Energy PLC
18 January 2007




                        SCOTTISH AND SOUTHERN ENERGY PLC

           PERMISSION GRANTED FOR DEVELOPMENT OF TODDLEBURN WIND FARM


Planning consent has been granted for the development a 36MW (megawatt) wind
farm at Toddleburn in the Scottish Borders which Scottish and Southern Energy
plc ('SSE') agreed to acquire from I&H Brown in May 2006.


The decision follows a Public Inquiry into the development, which was concluded
in May 2006. The wind farm will have 12 turbines and construction work is
expected to begin later this year, with the wind farm scheduled to be
commissioned in early 2009. Its development will require the investment of
around £40m.


When Toddleburn and SSE's other recently-consented development at Drumderg are
commissioned, SSE will have a total of over 230MW of installed wind farm
capacity at six sites in Scotland. This includes the 6MW extension to the Tangy
wind farm which is currently under construction.


In addition to Drumderg, SSE is seeking to secure consent during 2007 to develop
another five wind farms in Scotland, with a total installed capacity of almost
300MW.


Ian Marchant, Chief Executive of SSE, said:


'I am pleased that the Toddleburn wind farm has received consent, and we will
work to ensure that the construction work at Toddleburn is carried out
efficiently and with minimal disturbance to the local community.


While we have had two recent successes, securing consent to develop wind farms
remains a very difficult and time-consuming process, and reform is essential if
Scotland's renewable energy ambitions are to be fulfilled.'






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