Crown Estate Scotland, the body that manages seabed leasing in Scottish waters, has published an update on proposals for new offshore wind leasing in Scotland’s waters, including potential timescales.
The new offshore wind leasing round – to be called ScotWind Leasing – is distinct from The Crown Estate’s Round 4 process for waters off the coast of Wales, England and Northern Ireland.
The update follows initial proposals published in May 2018. A wide range of feedback was received from developers, NGOs, local authorities and others. The main issues raised by respondents are addressed in the update, including application evaluation and the scale of seabed that may be covered by single- and multi-option agreements.
The proposed timeline, although still to be finalised, signals the organisation’s commitment to give industry and stakeholders more certainty and clarity.
Crown Estate Scotland senior development manager John Robertson said “The discussion document generated a huge amount of very valuable feedback. We’ve carefully considered these responses and hope this update gives certainty and clarity.
“There is clearly a huge appetite for this leasing to succeed in helping bring forward strong projects. Over the coming months we’ll continue to speak with those involved as we work towards publishing our leasing offer in 2019.”
ScotWind Leasing aims to support supply chain development and sector innovation, create jobs and stimulate economic growth by providing certainty to attract investment in a UK, European and global marketplace; be transparent, open and fair; stimulate competition and innovation; and allow early engagement with those who may be impacted by the proposals.
The Scottish Government’s key energy target is that half of Scotland's heat, transport and electricity energy needs are met by renewables by 2030. It believes that offshore wind development offers a viable route towards helping achieve this.