Launched on 10 June 2020, ScotWind is the first offshore wind leasing round in Scottish Waters for a decade.
The Scottish Government aims to generate 50% of Scotland's overall energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030, and has set an ambitious target of net zero emissions by 2045. Offshore wind generation has a key role in delivering against these targets.
Crown Estate Scotland plays a critical role in the development of offshore wind. In June 2020 we launched ScotWind Leasing, the first round of seabed leasing for offshore wind in Scottish waters in over a decade (find out more here).
There are currently five major offshore wind farms in Scottish waters, generating significant amounts of clean green electricity and creating over 3,000 jobs. ScotWind will kickstart Scotland’s green recovery, meeting net zero targets and bringing multi-billion pound investments to benefit communities across the nation.
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 2020-2023 Corporate Plan outlines a range of activity around offshore wind including:
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