Scotland launches offshore renewable projects task force
Oct 28, 2011 - Scotland's Energy Minister Fergus Ewing unveiled a government task force to help speed up the licensing and consenting procedures for offshore renewable energy developers.
The task force, chaired by Ewing, will work with the sector, communities and environmental consultees to help offshore wind and marine project developers with their applications. It will encourage the share of the best practices and data and enhance communication among developers and stakeholders, Ewing said.
At present, the task force will focus on the development of an action plan to help developers secure consents for good projects and step up the deployment. An implementation plan is to be ready in January 2012, the minister said.
In the middle of May the Scottish government announced that the country's 2020 renewable energy target had been raised to 100% from the previous 80%. By the end of the decade, the country intends to source from renewables as much power as it consumes, with offshore wind and marine projects to play a major part in the plan.