We are publishing this draft statement, alongside the draft Energy Strategy. Onshore wind development is essential to Scotland’s transformation to a fully decarbonised energy system by 2050 and brings opportunities which underpin our vision to grow a low carbon economy and build a fairer society.
This statement reaffirms existing Scottish Government’s onshore wind policy set out in previous publications and seeks views on a number of issues related to supporting the sector. It includes separate sections on key priority areas:
• Route to market
• Developing a Strategic approach to new Development
• Barriers to Deployment
• Protection for Residents and the Environment
• Community benefits
• Shared Ownership
Why We Are Consulting
A number of recent changes at both a UK and Scottish level have highlighted the need to reassess the role of onshore wind to ensure it can deliver across a range of policy priorities which will bring maximum value for Scotland in terms of economic, social and environmental benefits. The aim of the consultation is to ensure we are focusing on the correct areas to ensure there will continue to be a future for onshore wind in Scotland.