Scotland’s energy minister has highlighted the planned Neart na Gaoithe (NNG) windfarm off the coast of Fife as an example of the country’s leading position on renewables development. Paul Wheelhouse cited Mainstream Renewable Power’s planned £1.4 billion project — which could provide enough energy to power 325,000 homes — ahead of Scottish Renewables’ Offshore Wind Conference in Glasgow. Experts from across Europe will travel to Scotland to set out how they see the wind power industry developing. Mainstream’s offshore project manager Dave Sweenie will participate in a panel at the conference entitled Getting Steel in the Water. Mr Wheelhouse, who will address at the conference today, said: “Our programme for Government set out commitments to maintain our world-leading position as the place for low carbon and renewable energy development and deployment. “We are well on track in 2018 — with construction underway at Beatrice and the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, with Hywind Scotland now up and running, and with Neart na Gaoithe and Moray East due to follow.” Mr Wheelhouse said the Government recognised the importance of working with the industry to “discuss how we can collectively continue to reduce the cost of this technology, stimulate the development of further projects and to increase the Scottish content of projects to boost the economic impact for Scotland”.
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