Renewables

Today’s headlines continue to document the fallout from the election. The first draft of this blog started with the words “Now we know.” Perhaps, in light of recent events, we now need to add the words “sort of” to that introduction. The last thing the energy industry wanted from the election was yet more uncertainty,… Read more »

Planning & Environment

EIA normal service can resume now.* The decision to quash the consents for the Scottish off shore wind farms (Inch Cape, Neart na Gaoithe, Seagreen Alpha and Bravo) has been overturned. The RSPB have until 13 June to seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court. The appeal court (Inner House of the Court of Session) cautioned that… Read more »

Planning & Environment

New regulations will come into force on 16 May 2017, implementing the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) European Directive 2014/52/EU. Eight sets of Scottish regulations are being amended or replaced. These affect Agriculture, Forestry, Roads & Transport, Energy and Marine sectors. Compliance with the new regulations is essential. We have previously blogged on 2 cases where… Read more »

Planning & Environment

The Scottish Government’s draft Onshore Wind Policy Statement accompanies the consultation on the draft Scottish Energy Strategy. Responses to both are invited by 30 May. The existing policy of supporting deployment of onshore wind will continue, with the aim of achieving climate change targets at the lowest cost. While the draft Statement supports the need… Read more »

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