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REALISING THE POTENTIAL FOR OFFSHORE WIND IN SCOTLAND


Lowering the cost of grid connections and greater collaboration between offshore developers to share transmission assets have emerged as two of the most important steps to help Scotland realise its potential for offshore wind, in a survey conducted by Brodies LLP to identify the most significant challenges and opportunities for the country’s offshore wind sector.


SURVEY DETAIL


When asked to identify the most significant change to the grid that should be made to help Scotland realise its potential for offshore wind, 29% of respondents said lowering the cost of grid connections and the same proportion urged greater collaboration between offshore developers to share transmission assets, such as transmission cables and onshore connection facilities.


COSTS


Grid connection charges are a significant challenge for the funding of new generation assets – and the costs for remote offshore and island connections are eye watering, as the recent report by Baringa Partners illustrates. Remote locations often have good wind resources but the Baringa report shows that this is unlikely to offset the proposed connection charges and may deter development.


MAIN CHALLENGES


Meanwhile, planning and licensing issues, high grid connection charges and access to finance were identified as some of the main challenges to the future growth of Scotland’s offshore wind sector. When asked to identify the most important factor on which the future growth of their business depends, planning and licensing were cited by 27% of those who responded to the survey.


GOOD NEWS ON OFFSHORE PLANNING


Marine planning is still new, and it is not surprising that it is seen as a key issue for developers. There is good news for developers though, with the proposal from the Scottish Government to designate onshore aspects of offshore wind developments as national development in the new national planning framework, NPF3.


Neil Collar & Keith Patterson Brodies LLP


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