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Scotland’s offshore wind sector would increase eightfold under “bold plans” put forward by a new group. The Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council, which launched October 29, aims to lead and support the industry, boost the local content of projects and increase jobs in line with the Sector Deal signed between industry and the UK Government in March 2019.
The Council is co-chaired by Scottish Government Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse and Brian McFarlane, Head of Projects, Offshore Development at SSE Renewables. Its membership also includes Scottish Renewables, Scottish Enterprise, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Crown Estate Scotland, Red Rock Power and the Energy Skills Partnership. Scotland currently has around 1GW of operational offshore wind, which would increase to 8GW by 2030 under the Council’s goal.
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