Scotland’s offshore wind energy industry is on the cusp of significant growth, as Pat Hawthorn of law firm Shepherd + Wedderburn explained.
After earlier disappointments when offshore windfarms in the country failed to secure contracts from government auctions, Scotland’s offshore wind energy industry has the wind in its sails.
With projects under way and the much-anticipated launch of the first Offshore Wind Leasing Round by Crown Estate Scotland expected in April 2019, Scottish control over the leasing of offshore wind sites will help position projects in the country for participation in contract for difference auctions from 2023 onwards.
Much has been achieved in recent months with Robin Rigg, Hywind Scotland – the world’s first floating offshore windfarm suitable for deepwater sites – and the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre all now in operation, more under construction, including the Beatrice offshore windfarm and 4.0 GW of projects that are consented or in the planning process.
To discuss the offshore wind sector in Scotland ahead of Scottish Renewables’ Offshore Wind Conference 2019, which takes place on 28/29 January 2019, Ms Hawthorn discussed developments, trends and challenges in the offshore wind industry in Scotland.
Ms Hawthorn is a partner at Shepherd + Wedderburn and a member of Scottish Renewables’ board. Her profile can be found here.