Scotland raises around US1 billion by leasing offshore land for
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Scotland raises around US$1 billion by leasing offshore land for wind farms

According to Crown Estate Scotland, the state-run Scottish coastal and offshore group, the ScotWind scheme has received 74 applications for offshore wind farms, 17 of which have been approved by the authorities.

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As part of the scheme, around US$951-952 million will be attracted by those wishing to build wind farms off the coast of Scotland, to be spent on public benefit by the Scottish authorities.

The total capacity of the planned power plants is 24,826 MW. For comparison, trade association RenewableUK estimates that wind farms across the UK now have little more than 10,463MW, which is “equal to the amount of electricity generators can produce at full load”.

Companies that received offshore space included BP Alternative Energy Investments, SSE Renewables, Vattenfall, ScottishPower Renewables and Shell. According to the Scottish authorities, the region will become one of the most important centers for the development of wind technologies in the coming years. At the same time, a representative of the UK Greenpeace department points to the importance of such projects in the transition to “green” energy, but believes that a transition to the appropriate technologies is not enough. Required: Insulating homes, upgrading energy systems, supporting people working in carbon-intensive industries as sites decay.

Concerns about the massive roll-out of offshore power stations have also been raised by representatives from various organizations – citizens and politicians are worried about how this will affect fishing off the Scottish coast. According to some reports, floating wind turbines have even more negative impacts than underwater-based stationary ones. In addition, there are calculations according to which a large number of seabirds such as kittiwakes, gannets and puffins will die every year during the operation of wind farms. Moreover, not so long ago, experts proved that wind and solar energy are nowhere near as “green” as nuclear energy.

So far, according to Crown Estate Scotland, the projects are only in the early stages of development. Until the plants appear offshore, operators have to overcome many stations – permits, financing, planning, etc.

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