The Scottish Government's aim is to secure a vision of clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse marine and coastal environments, managed to meet the long term needs of nature and people. The Scottish Government leads marine policy and the Marine Scotland Licensing and Operations Team are acting as the lead consenting body for the Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm.
The Crown Estate owns virtually the entire seabed out to the 12 nautical mile territorial limit licences the generation of renewable energy on the continental shelf within the Renewable Energy Zone out to 200nm. The Crown Estate owns around 55% of the foreshore, the area between mean high and mean low water (spring tides in Scotland) and approximately half of the beds of estuaries and tidal rivers in the United Kingdom. Mainstream won the rights to develop the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm in February 2009.
Collaborative Offshore Wind farm Research Into the Environment (COWRIE) is a registered Charity set up to advance and improve understanding and knowledge of the potential environmental impacts of offshore wind farm development in UK waters. COWRIE's website contains a wealth of authoritative information about wind farm development in the UK, including results of recent scientific research studies, maps showing the location of wind farms that have already been built in UK waters, information about proposed site developments and a list of links to other websites providing relevant information relating to Government Policy, RenewableUK and individual projects and developers.
Scottish Renewables is actively representing the renewables industry in Scotland, seeking to create a sustainable renewable energy industry. Scottish Renewables contribute to consultations, work with stakeholder, facilitates networking and communication and represents the interests of Scottish Wind Farm Developers on a variety of government and industry groups.
RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries. Formed in 1978, and with 601 corporate members, RenewableUK is the leading renewable energy trade association in the UK. Wind has been the world's fastest growing renewable energy source for the last seven years, and this trend is expected to continue with falling costs of wind energy and the urgent international need to tackle CO2 emissions to prevent climate change.
In 2004, RenewableUK expanded its mission to champion wave and tidal energy and use the Association's experience to guide these technologies along the same path to commercialisation.
Its primary purpose is to promote the use of wind, wave and tidal power in and around the UK. RenewableUK acts as a central point for information for its membership and as a lobbying group to promote wind energy and marine renewables to government, industry, the media and the public. RenewableUK research and find solutions to current issues and generally act as the forum for the UK wind, wave and tidal industry.