The Scottish government has joined forces with the offshore wind industry to launch a new alliance aimed at growing the sector eightfold.
The Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council (SOWEC), launched on 29 October, is committed to five key goals, including delivering at least 8GW of offshore wind by 2030 and growing the number of offshore wind jobs in Scotland to over 6,000, a 75% increase on 2019 levels. It will be co-chaired by Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, and Head of Projects, Offshore Development at SSE Renewables, Brian McFarlane.
Other members of the Council include Scottish Renewables, Scottish Enterprise, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and Crown Estate Scotland.
Energy Minister, Wheelhouse, explained the “enormous opportunity” that offshore wind presented for Scotland, noting its ability to aid decarbonisation and generate economic value. Wheelhouse added: “The Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council has been created to ensure that all those involved are pulling together to deliver on bold plans to create a competitive, commercially-attractive offshore wind sector in Scotland which can deliver both domestically and in the global offshore wind market, with opportunities to develop a globally-competitive supply chain for fixed foundation and floating wind technologies.”