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12/06/13 00:01

New incentive for Scottish offshore wind power

New support aimed at experimental turbines

New measures to support innovative offshore wind generation in Scotland will be announced today by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing at Renewable UK Conference, Manchester.

The introduction of the new bands under Scotland’s renewables obligation legislation follows recent consultations which drew support for the changes in question.

A new band set at 2.5 ROCs is aimed at supporting generation from offshore test and demonstration sites deploying innovative, new to market turbines.

The second new band set at 3.5 ROCs will be for pilot projects consisting of non-fixed generation - e.g. floating turbines, or those using “tension line” deployment systems.

These changes will help ensure that Scotland remains able to exploit its huge offshore renewables potential, securing the investment and jobs that come with that development.

Announcing the launch of the new scheme today, Mr Ewing said:

“Renewables have a significant role to play in Scotland’s future electricity mix. These technologies are needed to help decarbonise our electricity system, increase energy security, and reduce dependence on expensive and depleting fossil fuels.

“Introducing these two new bands for offshore wind shows our commitment to support these technologies at the right levels, and in a way which limits the cost to consumers.

“These new bands, available only in Scotland, will help bring down the cost of developing offshore wind in our deeper waters.”