E.ON and Dong Energy see their projects refused by the Scottish government

23/03/2011 13:32 Renewable

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Recently, the Scottish Government discarded from its governmental new offshore wind plan two wind farm projects, submitted for approval by E.ON with its 300 MW project in the Solway Firth and DONG Energy's 280MW Wigtown Bay project.

According to the Scottish Government, the projects do not correspond to the requirements of the offshore wind plan and could have a negative impact on the environmental status and bring no economic benefits. As a consequence, the E.ON and DONG Energy projects cannot be involved as “participants” at the Scottish offshore wind plan. Another two projects of the Scottish and Southern Energy, Kintyre and Bell Rock, were discarded last year out of competition because of insufficient wind location and possible radar impacts respectively, while Fred Olsen Company had withdrawn its 450 MW Forth Array wind farm in order to enrich its onshore portfolio. However, wind farm developers can still submit for licensing to the national offshore wind plan. At present, ministers approved six out of 10 projects that could generate 5 GW of electricity by 2020 and identified several more locations for development.  

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