Crown Estate Scotland welcomes the publication today of the final Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy and Offshore Wind Policy Statement. The plan, which has been published by Marine Scotland, sets out the most suitable sustainable locations for the future development of commercial offshore wind energy.
The areas outlined in this final plan all present opportunities for development and further underline the fantastic natural marine resources that Scotland has. Crucially, the areas identified offer clear opportunities for both fixed and floating wind technologies.
John Robertson, Head of Energy and Infrastructure for Crown Estate Scotland, said: “Today is an important step in the journey towards a world class offshore wind sector in Scotland, and it means that we can proceed with the next phase of ScotWind Leasing. Our ability to harness Scotland’s huge potential for offshore wind is a vital part of the wider efforts to hit Scotland’s ambitious Net Zero targets, and help our communities tap into the economic prize on offer.”
Crown Estate Scotland will now consider today’s Sectoral Marine Plan and will, in the coming days, provide our plan to publish the final process and timelines for ScotWind Leasing going forward. That detail, called the Post-adoption Addendum to ScotWind Leasing, will give developers the clarity they need to complete their applications.