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Wind and the Scottish referendum (2010-2014)

UK: Scotland has voted against separating from the UK in a historic referendum but change in the energy sector is still likely as powers are transferred north.

Scotland has voted to stay as part of the United Kingdom
Scotland has voted to stay as part of the United Kingdom

The renewables sector has been a key aspect of the debate surrounding Scottish independence. First minister Alex Salmond said he wants Scotland to be the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy but many experts said it would be difficult without support from the rest of the UK. Windpower Monthly has taken a look back on the part the wind industry has played in shaping the debate.

1 November 2010 – Scotland increases renewables targets

Prior to the referendum being announced, Scottish first minister Alex Salmond increases the country's renewables targets.

2 November 2011 - Citigroup warns against investing in Scottish wind

Analysts at Citigroup issue a report warning its clients against investing in Scottish renewables.

30 October 2012 – Scotland aims for 50% renewables by 2015

Salmond, leader of the pro-independence campaign, throws his weight behind the renewables sector while speaking at the RenewableUK's annual conference in Glasgow.

29 January 2013 – Scottish offshore wind nearing 'tipping point', says Salmond

The Scottish leader lends his support to the offshore sector in 2013, saying the sector is nearing a 'tipping point' in development.

20 March 2013 – No favours for Scotland on energy, warns UK energy minister?

UK energy secretary Ed Davey says an independent Scotland would face "serious competition" with Ireland and Norway to supply the UK with the cheapest form of renewable energy.

12 June 2013 – Scotland increases incentives for offshore innovation

The Scottish government plans to offer higher bands of renewable obligation certificates to offshore demonstration projects, which use next generation turbines.

17 July 2013 – Salmond enlists offshore wind in case for Scottish independence

Alex Salmond says a "second energy windfall" will only take place if Scotland gained full control of the offshore sector following independence.

12 September 2013 – Scottish offshore to fall short of government target

A report by Audit Scotland says the government's plan of having 10.6GW of offshore wind capacity installed by 2020 is optimistic.

18 December 2013 – Analysis: Post-independent Scotland would look to UK on wind

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has contradicted the UK government saying renewable energy policy would remain much the same in an independent country by keeping a single British energy market.

7 April 2014 – Independent Scotland 'should decide' UK energy policy

The Scottish government says it expects to have a greater say in the UK's energy policy, should the referendum result in an independent Scotland.

9 April 2014 – UK government warns on Scottish energy bills

Decc says energy bills in an independent Scotland will increase by £189 (EUR 229) a year because the tax payers will need to foot the bill for the renewable projects in Scotland.

23 April 2014 – UK approves five offshore projects for CfD subsidy

The 664MW Beatrice offshore project in Scotland is one of five offshore projects to be awarded a new Contract for Difference (CfD) subsidy.

11 June 2014 – UK minister hints at local content requirement

Energy minister Michael Fallon hints at introducing local content requirement laws in the UK.

31 July 2014 – How would wind fare in an independent Scotland

Windpower Monthly looks at how the wind industry in an independent Scotland would cope.

5 August 2014 – Non-UK projects could bid for CfDs

The Westminster government is considering allowing non-UK projects to bid for the new CfD programme.

15 September 2014 – Scottish independence could 'slam the brakes' on renewables

Research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows a break away from the UK would damage investment in renewables in both countries over the short term.

19 September 2014 – Scottish referendum decision paves way for wind

Voters in Scotland elect to stay as part of the UK, allowing the wind industry to continue to develop.

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