Could Scotland’s massive offshore wind ‘soon prove cheaper than its onshore cousin?’


In Business Green today:

‘New report from Cornwall Insight suggests plummeting offshore wind costs and strict onshore planning rules could see the cheapest form of new power move offshore. Onshore wind is currently thought to be the cheapest form of new generating capacity available in the UK, but could its crown soon be challenged by its offshore cousin? That is the question posed by a new analysis by influential energy research specialist Cornwall Insight, which suggests offshore wind is likely to surpass onshore wind power to become the new cheapest source of new energy in less than 10 years. The assumption has long been that the costs associated with installing and maintaining turbines at sea will continue to more than offset the higher yields enjoyed as a result of stronger and more reliable winds, meaning onshore wind farms would continue to offer the more cost- effective option. However, Cornwall Insight’s new projections suggest the emergence of a new generation of giant offshore wind turbines coupled with on-going planning restrictions for onshore turbines could see offshore projects undercut their onshore equivalent on a levelised cost of energy (LCOE) basis by around 2028.’

You probably know already that Scotland has an incredible 25% of all of Europe’s wind energy:

and has already begun to exploit that potential:

Scottish offshore expertise at the fore, again

Scotland’s world-first offshore wind farm electricity to cost less than half that of Hinkley Point C nuclear and has ability to withstand hurricanes.

Scotland’s offshore wind electricity generation capacity could be five times greater by 2030

Scotland is at the heart of a globally important offshore renewable energy sector

A monstrous offshore wind-farm is planned for the Moray coast, to power 750 000 homes and create 2 000 jobs. More evidence we need the Union to survive?

£530 million boost for Scottish economy from Beatrice offshore windfarm

£5 million Scottish Government investment helps Peterhead Port win major offshore wind contract

Scottish Government invests a further £1.5 million in offshore wind technology as our renewables energy generation booms.



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