Scottish minister on wind auction failure: "Conditions need to be better"

It is a testament to the pressure on the industry that the UK government received zero applications for offshore wind in a bidding round last week, Scottish Energy Minister Gillian Martin told Børsen.
Photo: PR / Hofor
Photo: PR / Hofor

European governments need to provide better conditions for offshore wind at speed. 

This is the appeal from the Scottish Energy Minister, Gillian Martin, after the UK government’s latest auction of contracts for new offshore wind projects last week ended without bidders.

”It was a wake-up call that the terms need to be better. I hope it’s enough for the UK government to realize that something needs to be done. We can still catch up,” Gillian Martin says in an interview with Danish business daily Børsen.

The minister stresses that the offshore wind industry is ”under pressure from many sides,” including inflation and interest rates, but that she hopes to see improvements next year.

Scotland itself has plans to almost quadruple its offshore wind capacity to 38 gigawatts by 2045.

(Translated by DeepL with additional editing by Christian Radich Hoffman)

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