Scotland is rich in energy resources and boasts a quarter of Europe’s offshore wind resources. The renewables sector alone supports over 11,000 jobs in Scotland and accounts for around 10% of the UK’s total energy consumption.
The importance of this sector in balancing economic growth, environmental stability and social cohesion should not be underestimated. The Scottish Government has an ambitious target for renewable energy in Scotland to generate the equivalent of 100% of gross annual electricity consumption and 11% of heat consumption by 2020. Onshore wind power has recently overtaken hydro power as Scotland’s most common form of renewable energy.
It is no secret that climate change is one of the most important threats facing the world, and will have far-reaching effects on Scotland’s economy, its people and its environment. Market regulation and eliminating fuel poverty, ensuring security of energy supply, investment in infrastructure and workforce skills are all key challenges for the sector along with recent changes in the support mechanisms, and it is important that you can count on legal experts who understand these challenges and will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your business.
Our cross-disciplinary team advises on all aspects of energy projects, including: