The Scottish Government has set a new ambition to increase offshore wind capacity to 11GW of energy installed by 2030, up from 8GW, and has adopted a plan that identifies commercial-scale offshore wind sites.
The aim of substantially increasing the offshore wind capacity in Scottish waters supports the delivery of Scotland’s 2017 Energy Strategy and the decarbonisation of heat and transport. The strategy has been agreed following an extensive consultation with industry, stakeholders, coastal communities and environmental organisations.
Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse said: “This is a pivotal moment for the development of our offshore wind sector. Our seas are host to some of the best offshore wind resources in the world and our ambition to capitalise on our offshore wind generation capacity is part of the bold action we are taking to support economic recovery and become a net-zero society.”
Co-chair of the Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council Brian McFarlane said: “The Scottish Government’s belief that the ambition for the Scottish offshore wind sector should be raised to 11GW by 2030, from 1GW today, sets a pathway for the sector which aligns with Scotland’s net-zero ambitions, in which offshore wind will play a fundamental role.”