Today was another miserable day weatherwise, so some more research on the offshore wind farm saga. It's difficult to find unbiased material, and some quotes on the web make for interesting reading ...
"only 20% of the nearly £900m investment had gone to UK firms."
"In a separate boost for green energy, the Scottish first minister Alex Salmond dramatically increased his renewable energy target for Scotland to 80% of the country's electricity. Salmond said the surge in investment in offshore wind farms and a steep increase in consents for new onshore wind power and hydro projects meant Scotland was capable of far exceeding its existing target of generating 50% of its electricity from renewables by 2020"
"Analysts estimate that up to £200bn in new investment is needed to build the offshore windfarms planned around the Scottish coast, as well as the new docks, construction yards, grid substations and maintenance facilities needed to support the industry."
"Salmond told the Guardian he believed at least two but as many as six major offshore windfarms would be operating in Scottish waters by 2020, with schemes in the Moray Firth and Solway Firth the most likely to be built first."
Makes you wonder at the "consultation process".
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