US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has lost his bid to prevent an offshore windfarm being built off the Scottish coast. On 16 December 2015 the Supreme Court – the highest court in the UK – unanimously dismissed Mr Trump’s challenge to Scottish Ministers who approved construction of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWCD) test site in 2013. An artist’s impression of the EOWDC is shown here.
Energy and planning partner at legal firm Pinsent Masons, Gary McGovern, said: “Donald Trump will be hoping he has more success at the US ballot box than he does in the courts. The decision is long overdue but is still a welcome shot in the arm for offshore wind and the wider UK renewables industry. In pursuing a weak argument described previously in the Court of Session as ‘fallacious’ this case has perpetuated a lingering doubt over longstanding legal principles, and that has been to the detriment of the whole energy industry.
“Developers will therefore breathe a sigh of relief and it is hoped that this and other projects affected can now gather pace, without the threat of costly legal challenges and delays on similarly dubious grounds hanging over them. Against the backdrop of the climate change agreement reached in Paris at the weekend and the contribution that renewable energy is expected to make to binding climate targets, this ruling underscores the need for a fair and efficient legal process which deals with unmeritorious claims quickly.”