Preparation starts for new offshore wind leasing in Scotland
Crown Estate Scotland is to start discussions with industry, government and interested organisations to prepare for potential new offshore wind leasing.
The Scottish Government’s proposed key energy target is that half of Scotland's heat, transport and electricity energy needs are met by renewables by 2030. The UK Government’s target is that 15% of energy used is from renewable sources by 2020.
Offshore wind generation has a key role in delivering against those targets and recent technological advances have seen offshore wind become cheaper to produce.
Crown Estate Scotland plays a critical role in the development of offshore wind. As well as awarding and managing leases we support developers through pre-planning and consenting to construction, and work with industry to tackle environmental and technical issues, reduce costs and build investor confidence.
Our partners include Marine Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Renewables, ORE Catapult and local authorities.
Robin Rigg in the Solway Firth, with 180MW of installed capacity, is currently the only commercial scale offshore wind farm in Scottish waters but there are several other sites in construction or in planning.
We have now started to consider if and how to issue new leasing rights for commercial-scale fixed and / or floating offshore wind projects (100 MW+). This will include engaging with local, Scottish and UK stakeholders in 2018 to understand their views on our proposed approach. We will provide more information on this shortly. If you would like to be added to our mailing list for occasional updates on this, please email email@example.com
Some highlights include
Our 2017-2020 corporate plan outlines a range of activity to help nurture offshore renewables including: