Scottish Government is considering two offshore wind farm applications for the Beatrice and Outer Moray Firth projects, proposed by SSE and EDP Renewables respectively.
Located adjacent to each other in the Moray Firth, these large offshore projects combined amount to a maximum total capacity of 2.5 gigawatts of electricity capacity and a maximum of 420 turbines.
These projects can contribute towards the reduction of emissions that are causing climate change and help achieve Scottish Government's ambitious renewables targets of 100 per cent of electricity demand met by renewables by 2020. However, these proposals also represent a significant scale of development not previously seen in Scottish waters, within a region which supports a wealth of marine habitats and species.
We have engaged with both projects to try and help identify and avoid the significant risks of impacts to seabirds in the region.