RSPB Scotland supports offshore floating wind project

Wednesday 30 November 2016

Wind farms

Floating offshore wind farm given the green light from RSPB Scotland following consultation response.

Following today’s submission of RSPB Scotland’s consultation response to the Dounreay Tri Floating Wind Demonstration project, west of the Pentland Firth, Charles Nathan, Marine Conservation Planner at RSPB Scotland said: “RSPB Scotland has written to Marine Scotland in support of the ambitious Dounreay Tri floating wind demonstration project. Our own research has shown the vast opportunity which floating wind technology could play in harnessing the renewable energy from our seas and this project is an important first step.

“From our view, the benefit of floating devices is they can be located further offshore in deeper waters in areas which could present lower risks to marine wildlife, such as seabirds. As a result we anticipate deep-water floating renewables could be delivered without undue risks to Scotland’s most precious natural marine sites and species.

“Whilst Dounreay Tri is by necessity located nearer to shore, it is small scale and away from areas where other factors are causing significant concern for seabirds. We have, however, requested that a comprehensive environmental monitoring programme is implemented should the project secure consent, which will help us better understand how floating wind developments affect birds, other wildlife and the marine environment. We look forward to hearing of the progress of this application.”

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Tagged with: Country: Scotland Topic: Conservation Topic: The RSPB's positions Topic: Wildlife