A former energy minister has claimed “offshore wind in Scotland is pretty much dead” after a legal challenge against four major projects. A judge upheld RSPB Scotland’s challenge to consent for turbines in the Firth of Forth and Firth of Tay. Brian Wilson said the charity now “hold all the cards” over the schemes, which were to include hundreds of turbines. The Scottish government said it remained “committed” to renewable energy but wanted to study the ruling. And Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said Mr Wilson’s comments were “irresponsible, incorrect and ill-informed”. Former Labour MP and UK energy minister Mr Wilson, a longtime critic of the SNP’s energy policy, said the legal challenge was an “extremely serious setback”. He said: “On the face of it, offshore wind in Scotland is pretty much dead. The RSPB now hold all the cards. “They were forced into this comprehensive action because the Scottish government delayed consent and then clustered these four wind farms together, so the RSPB went to court on the basis of cumulative impact. “What they have to decide is if they want to kill all four schemes or prepare to take a more balanced view, but the ball is in the RSPB’s court without a doubt.” Minister for business, innovation and energy Mr Wheelhouse said the government remained “strongly committed” to offshore wind energy in Scotland. He added: “Brian Wilson’s comments about the future of offshore wind are, in my view, irresponsible, incorrect and ill-informed. The offshore wind energy sector has a very bright future in Scotland – not least in terms of existing and new projects; most notably with the £2.6bn Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm which has reached financial close and is now being constructed using significant input from the Scottish supply chain. “The Scottish government, the RSPB and renewables developers all recognise the importance of decarbonising our electricity supply and have all made very clear, following Lord Stewart’s judgement, that we will work together to ensure delivery of more offshore wind energy projects.”
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Former Labour MP and Scottish Energy Minister Brian Wilson has declared the offshore wind industry in Scotland ‘pretty much dead’ after a legal appeal against four major developments was upheld at the Court of Session yesterday. RSPB Scotland raised the judicial review action against the Scottish Government for failing to fully consider the potentially adverse impact of the projects on bird life.
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