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The Crown Estate Scotland has appointed Colin Palmer to lead the development of offshore renewable energy and aquaculture.
Crown Estate Scotland today (21 May) unveiled its proposals for leasing seabed for new offshore wind projects that would be built in Scotland’s waters from late 2020s onwards.
Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is conducting a study on behalf of Crown Estate Scotland on potential economic benefits of more floating wind projects in Scotland.
Crown Estate Scotland (CES) is set to start discussions with the industry, government and interested organisations to prepare for potential new offshore wind leasing, which will lead to Scotland adding commercial-scale floating and fixed offshore wind farms that would be in operation as of late 2020s and beyond.
Crown Estate Scotland now has spatial data relating to the organisation’s offshore assets freely available on their website for the first time.
Powers over the revenue and management of the Crown Estate resources in Scotland have been transferred to the Scottish Government and, as of April 1, Scottish Ministers have control over thousands of hectares of rural land, approximately half of Scotland’s foreshore and leasing the seabed for rights to renewable energy.
Crown Estate Scotland has published an update on proposals for new offshore wind leasing in Scotland’s waters which could start in April 2019 at the earliest.
The Scottish Parliament has approved a legislation which enables local authorities and communities to have a stronger voice in the management of the Crown Estate’s assets.
Marine Scotland has invited tenders related to the re-let of the Scottish Government’s 2014 “Framework Agreement for the Provision of Strategic Environmental Assessment, Appropriate Assessment and Marine Planning Services and Advice to Support Sustainable Economic Development in Scottish Marine Waters” which expires on 30 September 2018.
Scottish government has awarded some GBP 2 million in funding to Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA), Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and, Energy Skills Partnership to support innovation across the offshore wind sector.
Following Crown Estate Scotland’s recent proposals to lease seabed for new offshore wind projects that would be built in the Scottish waters from the late 2020s, the UK offshore wind industry has shown its support emphasizing the positive impact the new sites would have on the country.