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offshore wind

Have your say on offshore wind leasing - one month to go

There is now only one month for businesses, local authorities and communities around Scotland’s coast to feedback on proposals for how seabed for new offshore wind farms may be made available. 

Back in May, Crown Estate Scotland unveiled proposals to lease seabed to encourage a new generation of offshore wind projects in Scotland’s waters.

The proposed leasing process, asks those interested to feed back to help shape the final approach. The window to provide feedback to the discussion document will close on 31 August. Projects will have to be sited in accordance with Marine Scotland’s Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind, which is currently being developed.

Crown Estate Scotland –  the public body that manages seabed leasing to help developers progress good projects – passes the money it makes from offshore renewables to Scottish Government for public spending.

The proposed offshore wind leasing process aims to support supply chain development and sector innovation, create jobs and stimulate economic growth by:

  • Providing certainty and clarity to attract investment in a UK, European and global marketplace
  • Being transparent, open and fair
  • Stimulating competition and innovation
  • Allowing early engagement with those who may be impacted by the proposals

John Robertson, Senior Energy & Infrastructure Manager at Crown Estate Scotland, said, “We’re really keen to get a broad range of views on what we are proposing. Offshore wind has the potential to provide affordable, secure and clean energy to homes and businesses across Scotland. To ensure our leasing process is as robust and fair as it should be, we need to understand lots of different viewpoints. This consultation is a great opportunity to help shape the next chapter of Scotland’s offshore wind development.”  

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. Offshore wind development offers a viable route towards helping achieve this.

Following feedback on the proposals, Crown Estate Scotland plans to launch its final leasing process late 2018 or early 2019.

Please see here for the Discussion Document outlining the proposals, and here for the feedback form.

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For more information please contact John Lang at Crown Estate Scotland on 07741 801 225 or media@crownestatescotland.com.

Notes to Editors

About Crown Estate Scotland

Crown Estate Scotland manages land and property on behalf of Scottish Ministers. It works with people, businesses and organisations to ensure that the assets are managed in a sustainable way that creates prosperity for the Scotland and its communities. The business started operating in April 2017, replacing The Crown Estate in Scotland, and pays all revenue profit to the Scottish Government.

Crown Estate Scotland manages:

  • 37,000 hectares of rural land with agricultural tenancies, residential and commercial properties and forestry on four rural estates (Glenlivet, Fochabers, Applegirth and Whitehill)
  • Rights to fish wild salmon and sea trout in in river and coastal areas
  • Rights to naturally-occurring gold and silver across most of Scotland
  • Just under half the foreshore around Scotland including 5,800 moorings and some ports and harbours
  • Leasing of virtually all seabed out to 12 nautical miles covering some 750 fish farming sites and agreements with cables & pipeline operators
  • The rights to offshore renewable energy and gas and carbon dioxide storage out to 200 nautical miles
  • Retail and office units at 39-41 George Street Edinburgh

Crown Estate Scotland is a public corporation which manages the assets on an interim basis until new legislation sets out permanent arrangements.