New offshore wind rules ‘unpleasant’ for developers but important, Wheelhouse says. A strict new rule change by the Scottish Government requires offshore wind farm developers to set out how they plan to create local jobs. The post New offshore wind rules ‘unpleasant’ for developers but important, Wheelhouse says.
Energy Voice 17th Jan 2020 read more »
Scotland said it will act to keep more offshore wind contracts within its borders through compulsory “supply-chain commitments” with project developers, after stinging criticism over the number of deals and jobs vanishing abroad. The Scottish government announced the plan after a sector summit in Edinburgh called to discuss the issue following a backlash from companies and unions, which have branded the situation a “scandal”. A statement said developers will have to agree supply chain commitments when applying for leases – Scotland is due to kick-off a major new leasing round this year. Scottish economy secretary Derek Mackay said: “Scotland is the ideal location for offshore wind, but recent projects have not delivered the significant economic opportunities we want to see for Scottish businesses. “The Scottish Government has been calling for the offshore sector to do more by awarding contracts to our indigenous supply chain but recent disappointments suggest that more has to be done.” Crown Estate Scotland – which will run the ScotWind leasing round, and took part in the summit with industry and government representatives – said the initiative would involve developers seeking seabed rights “laying out the anticipated level and location of supply chain impact from each phase of their proposed project. These commitments will then be formally incorporated in to each ScotWind agreement and updated throughout the project development as plans become more defined.”
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