Following publication of the Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy by Marine Scotland, Crown Estate Scotland has confirmed the final process and timelines for its ScotWind Leasing programme
Having launched ScotWind Leasing in June 2020, Crown Estate Scotland will publish the Post-adoption Addendum to ScotWind Leasing on 15 January 2021, which will confirm the final arrangements for submitting applications.
Crown Estate Scotland will, however, be able to provide clarification in response to queries on those final arrangements beyond that time and up till near the closing date for applications.
The closing date for applications to ScotWind Leasing will be 31 March 2021.
Crown Estate Scotland will also shortly issue further details to registered applicants outlining some of the technical aspects of the arrangements which will be covered fully in the Post-adoption Addendum, to provide further certainty as early as possible.
Crown Estate Scotland head of energy and infrastructure John Robertson said, “Following publication of the Sectoral Marine Plan last week, we’re now setting out our plans for the coming months.
“By confirming the closing date for applications we hope to give clarity to both applicants and wider stakeholders as to our proposed timeline. We are also providing further information to help potential applicants make informed decisions about their applications.
“When selecting both of these dates, Crown Estate Scotland has taken stock of the current state of play in the wider offshore wind sector, and we believe the certainty we are providing today will be important for developers who have an interest in various different markets and leasing processes.”
In late October, the Scottish Government set a target for offshore wind capacity of 11 GW installed by 2030, a significant increase compared with an earlier target of 8 GW.
Currently, Scotland has 5.6 GW of consented offshore capacity, of which 1 GW is operational.
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