The Consultation for the Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy is now open.
The Consultation will run from 18 December 2019 until 25 March 2020
The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring secure, reliable and affordable energy supplies within the context of long-term decarbonisation of energy generation. Continued growth of the renewable energy sector in Scotland is an essential feature of the future clean energy system and a potential key driver of economic growth.
In November 2017, Crown Estate Scotland (CES) announced their intention to run a further leasing round for commercial scale offshore wind energy projects in Scottish Waters. This initiative is consistent with the Scottish Energy Strategy which envisages further offshore wind developments as playing a key role in Scotland’s future energy mix. To inform the spatial development of this leasing round, Marine Scotland, as Planning Authority for Scotland’s Seas is required to undertake a planning exercise, in accordance with relevant EC, UK and Scottish legislation.
The draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind aims to identify the most sustainable options for the future development of commercial-scale offshore wind energy in Scotland. The draft Plan seeks to contribute to the achievement of Scottish and UK climate change policy objectives and targets, through the provision of a spatial strategy which seeks to maximises the benefits for Scotland, our communities and our people, whilst minimising the potential adverse effects on other marine users, economic sectors and the environment resulting from further commercial offshore wind development.
The development of the draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind has included a full Sustainability Appraisal (encompassing a Strategic Environmental Assessment, a Habitats Regulations Appraisal and a Social and Economic Impact Assessment) as well as significant planning and stakeholder engagement.
We are consulting on the draft Sectoral Marine Plan and the suporting Sustainability Appraisal, assessments and the Regional Location Guidance (spatial data to support further project-level site selection and assessment). The consultation and all related reports can be found on Citizen Space.
The links below will also take you to the individual reports/assessments.