October deadline threatens Scottish floating wind farms

October deadline threatens Scottish floating wind farms

A renewable trade body has said that Scottish floating wind farm projects are under threat, unless they can start producing electricity by October.

Current rules mean floating wind power developers will not qualify for subsidies will not be eligible for subsidies unless they can generate electricity by the given month, leaving at least two proposed sites, which are unlikely to be ready in time, without sufficient funding.

RenewableUK has called for the UK government to give companies an extra 18 months to begin generating electricity by pushing the deadline back to April 2020.

The organisation is concerned over two projects, which would be located off the coast of Caithness, but would not be ready by October – 2B Energy’s project in the Firth of Forth and Dounreay Tri’s demonstrator.

Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Energy Minister, said: “If powers were in hands of Scottish Ministers the flexibility asked for would be provided.”

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said: “The UK is a global leader in renewables, including offshore wind with more support available than any other country in the world.”

However, the UK has ruled out the introduction of new low carbon subsidies until the cost of consumer energy bills begins to fall.

Hywind, the world’s first floating offshore wind farm, started producing off Peterhead in 2017.

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