Scottish Government takes Crown Estate powers

Powers over Scotland’s Crown Estate have been officially given to the Scottish Government. The transfer of control over the revenue and management of the multi-million pound assets is expected to give local communities a stronger voice in how Scotland’s resources are used. Scottish Ministers now have control over thousands of hectares of rural land and approximately half […]

Scotland seeks views on Crown Estate devolution

A consultation to decide the future of Scotland’s Crown Estate opened yesterday. The Scottish Government is seeking views on how best to manage and devolve the lands owned by the group, which includes much of the country’s foreshore and seabed. The consultation will run until 29th March. It follows calls from those who suggested the […]

UK wave and tidal energy sites approved

New sites for testing wave and tidal energy in the UK have been approved by the Crown Estate. It has agreed to lease out areas of the seabed across England, Scotland and Wales for the development of five 10MW-30MW capacity project sites and six demonstration zones. Siemens, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Menter Mon […]

Major UK project aims to cut offshore wind costs

A major new project aimed at reducing the cost of electricity generated from offshore wind while improving the performance of turbines has been launched. The ‘System Performance, Availability and Reliability Trend Analysis’ (SPARTA) programme also aims to increase the safety, reliability and availability of offshore wind turbines. It is a joint collaboration between the Offshore […]

Crown Estate aims to understand interest in future tidal projects

An “industry engagement process” to understand market interest in future tidal and lagoon projects across the nation has been launched. The Crown Estate, which manages the UK seabed, is calling on interested developers to give their feedback to help shape any future leasing processes. It said the move was prompted by a growing number of […]

ScottishPower drops offshore wind project

Plans to build an offshore wind farm near the island of Tiree off the west coast of Scotland have been ditched. ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) said it would not go ahead with the Argyll Array following a number of technical and environmental studies. The energy firm confirmed it has given up its lease for the project, […]

Step forward for UK’s first floating wind farm

The UK’s first floating wind farm is a step closer to becoming a reality after the Crown Estate granted a lease to Statoil to develop the next phase of its Hywind project. The Crown Estate manages most of Britain’s seabed and is responsible for renewable energy generation rights on the UK Continental Shelf. The new […]

New online tool maps out sites for CO2 storage

A new online tool mapping out potential sites for carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been launched by The Crown Estate and the British Geological Survey. The upgrade to the ‘CO2 Stored’ website will give easier access to information about the capacity and characteristics of possible storage locations under the UK’s seabed. Users will be […]

Wave and tidal web hub launches

Wave and tidal firms won’t just be surfing the water together – they’ll now be surfing the web too as a new online hub for the industry was launched today. Called the Wave and Tidal Knowledge Network, the site will make it easier for organisations to share information with each other and help deliver industry […]

Offshore projects boost coastal community funds

Coastal communities across the country can now bid for a share of £27.8 million – financed partly from revenue generated by the UK’s offshore wind sector – to create jobs and increase growth. The ‘Coastal Communities Fund’ (CCF) was created to support local projects and help coastal towns and villages provide training and employment opportunities […]