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Scottish Supreme Civil Court rules in favour of four wind farms with 2,3 GW of combined capacity

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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The Court of Session, Scotland’s most senior civil arbiter, overturned a 2016 ruling that would have halted the work on four offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of 2,3 GW in the Firth of Forth and Tay – off the east coast of Scotland.

In January 2015, RSPB Scotland, an environmental association for wildlife conservation, filed a petition against the four offshore wind projects claiming they would harm Scotland’s seabird colonies. The petition was supported by the Outer House of the Court of Session.

Scottish Ministers appealed against the Outer House’s decision, as the projects hold the potential to generate a huge amount of clean electricity. The Court of Session ruled in favour of the four wind farms: Mainstream’s 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe, Red Rock’s 784 MW Inch Cape and SSE/Fluor’s 1050 MW Seagreen Alpha and Bravo.

Paul Wheelhouse, Scotland’s Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, welcomed the decision and stated that the government “remains strongly committed to the development of offshore wind energy [due to its] key role in [the] fight against climate change(…)”.

RSPB Scotland now has three weeks to decide whether to bring an appeal before the Supreme Court in London. Thus, the next weeks and the possible developments on the case will be crucial for the future of the four windfarms.


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