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Scotland's offshore wind farms face 'regulatory' crisis

Scotland’s offshore wind farms face ‘regulatory’ crisis

The regulations have limited the opportunity for Scotland’s state-owned companies to derive their wealth from offshore wind farms, according to an analysis published in the newspaper. Financial TimesSunday, November 27 (2022).

According to the analysis, the Scottish government gave foreign companies advantages to start offshore wind farms, losing people and undermining Edinburgh’s chance to lead the process of turning the UK into “another Saudi Arabia in the renewable energy sector”. and creates green jobs.

Scotland hosted the climate summit COP 26 in Glasgow last year (2021) and former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has always repeated before and after the summit that his country will be the “Saudi Arabia of wind energy”. What was seen through the special energy platform.

Scott Wind Tender

I proposed a government ScotlandLast year (2021), Scott Wind tendered to launch 25 GW of offshore wind projects, including the construction of several of the world’s largest floating wind farms.

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Despite welcoming the move, state officials have failed to capitalize on the country’s promising potential in the offshore wind sector, according to the “Financial Times”. Plans by direct order.

According to the analysis, “Licences for offshore wind farms were sold on the cheap to foreign companies, including those owned by other countries, meaning the Scottish Government gave up the money and jobs it could have created. A table for foreigners to take away.”

Green job loss

Scotland lost the chance to benefit from a promising boon in the offshore wind sector, and there are many other examples, such as the Government Energy Agency’s promise to create 130,000 green jobs, that disappeared and “became wound up”.

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The Financial Times believes the Scottish Government has failed to reform the legislative framework for offshore wind projects, reducing the chance of them benefiting from them in the North Sea and making the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy less likely.

Geographically, Scotland has the nature to generate large amounts of green electricity, and an informed and aware population will help achieve this, so there is a need to encourage companies and consumers to reap the benefits of generating electricity in the country. Banks according to analysis essay.

A third example of failure

An analytical article in the British newspaper Financial Times tracked a third example of the Scottish government’s failure to capitalize on the country’s promising wealth in this sector. Offshore wind farms.

The government rescued the two floating projects from their difficulties, took them into public ownership, and after 5 years of delay and spending billions of pounds out of the budget, announced that they would run on LPG and diesel. , which means they will disappear in the future.

On the other hand, there are experiments in many places to use green energy to run such projects. For example, in San Francisco Bay, USA, a similar project is being powered by hydrogen cells.

Norway, an oil-rich European nation, is also implementing a plan to run two ships with 85% green fuel from 2025.

The paper pointed out that the trials should be an incentive to generate electricity from offshore wind farms for consumption in all sectors of Scotland.

Achieving the UK’s target of producing 10 gigawatts of green hydrogen by 2030 will help it become a global leader in green energy supply, achieve carbon neutrality and secure the country’s energy needs.

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