Onshore Wind Policy Statement

Closed 31 Jan 2022

Opened 28 Oct 2021


Onshore wind is a proven cheap and reliable source of electricity generation and Scotland’s resource and commitment have seen us lead the way in onshore wind deployment and support across the UK.

It is clear that onshore wind will be vital in our progress towards Scotland's legally-binding net zero targets. We believe that Scotland's net zero commitment presents the perfect opportunity to revisit and reassess our original Onshore Wind Policy Statement that was published in 2017.

This consultation will consider how the Scottish Government can strengthen its support for Onshore Wind deployment in Scotland, specifically consulting on our ambition for an additional 8-12 Gigawatts to be installed by 2030, how to tackle the barriers to deployment, and how to secure maximum economic benefit from these development.

Read the consultation paper

Why your views matter

The aim of the consultation is to obtain the views of as many organisations, groups and individuals as possible and to help inform and shape Scottish Government policy for onshore wind.

We welcome and would encourage all stakeholders to participate in this consultation as doing so will help us ensure that the final policy statement provides an ambitious, strong and stable framework for onshore wind development in Scotland.

What happens next

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public at http://consult.gov.scot. If you use the consultation hub to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email.

When the consultation closes, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us shape the final Onshore Wind Policy Statement.

We intend on making all non-confidential responses to the consultation available to the public on the consultation page after the closing date. We will also post an analysis of responses received to the consultation on the Scottish Government's consultation web pages.

We aim to issue a report on the consultation exercise and this report will be available on the Scottish Government consultation hub.


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