Rachael Plunkett was excited to attend a workshop last week on the environmental and consenting barriers to developing floating wind farms.The main aims of this workshop were to:

  1. Identify the main consenting and environmental risks/barriers to the development of floating offshore wind farms at a demonstration and commercial scale
  2. Identify the innovation and translational R&D needed to streamline and de risk planning, environmental consenting and post consent monitoring for floating wind

Having been the lead author on the marine mammal ES chapter for the Hexicon Dounreay Tri offshore wind farm development (not yet publicly available), Rachael was keen to learn more at this workshop and to discuss the future development of the industry. A range of potential impact pathways and stakeholder considerations were discussed including potential impacts on birds, marine mammals and commercial fisheries.

The workshop was well attended by a range of floating Wind developers: Hexicon, Statoil (Hywind), Ideol-offshore, Principal Power (WindFloat) and many other companies/organisations including the RSPB, Scottish Fishermans Federation, SNH, the Crown Estate, the Carbon Trust, Marine Scotland any many more.

A workshop report will be available shortly.