Scotland Launches Offshore Wind Consultations
The Scottish Government has launched two consultations to inform the pipeline of future offshore wind development and improve understanding of its role in meeting net zero targets.
Views are being sought on the draft Offshore Wind Policy Statement and the draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy.
The Sectoral Marine Plan outlines how the government proposes to maximize the opportunities that offshore wind presents, with due regard for the marine environment, other users of the sea, and planning responsibilities.
It is expected to inform the next round of seabed leasing for offshore wind in Scottish waters.
Both consultations will be open for 14 weeks, from 18 December 2019 until 25 March 2020.
“We aim to provide a supportive policy environment for offshore wind and leasing opportunities across our 462,000 km2 of seas that can sustain a healthy pipeline of sustainable projects capable of unlocking investment in the supply chain and providing both clean energy and opportunities for long term operations and maintenance jobs for coastal communities. Our plans, once finalised, will be vital in delivering the outcomes we want to see,” said Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse.
According to Wheelhouse, offshore wind is already playing an increasingly vital role in helping realize the net zero emissions goal, but Scotland wants to make the most of the opportunities the sector represents.