A Scottish trade union boss has accused Holyrood of “surrendering” in its fight to win local renewables jobs from big North Sea offshore wind projects. Experts this week claimed that a bidding assessment for the sector will form no part of the final decision on who wins acreage in the North Sea – despite the Scottish Government imposing strict rules in January to help create employment from offshore wind farms. Under the new measures, all developers should now have to submit local supply-chain commitments when applying for offshore wind leases. The rules would apply to the upcoming ScotWind round, organised by Crown Estate Scotland, which has released a number of potential offshore wind leasing areas off the coast of Aberdeen and the Highlands and Islands.
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At least one of three huge wind farm projects planned to be built off the Norfolk coast will go ahead. The government has approved plans for the Norfolk Vanguard wind farm, which is to be built east of Norfolk by Swedish energy firm Vattenfall. And Alok Sharma, secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, said he was “minded to approve” a second project, Hornsea Three, if he is satisfied with what the firm behind that project, Orsted, can tell him “on a number of specific issues”.
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