New wind development activity in Scotland appears to have passed its peak, claims the Scottish Renewables Forum (SRF). The SRF notes that even though the number of projects awaiting a site permitting decision remain high, there are tentative signs that new activity is tailing off. "It may be that development companies have sufficient projects in their current portfolios to mean finding new sites is not the priority it once was," it says. According to the SRF, Scotland already has 457 MW of operating wind capacity with a further 513 MW under construction. By the year end, it says, the country will be close to the 1 GW milestone. Over 5 GW of wind is currently in the planning system awaiting a decision and another 4 GW is being prepared for a planning application. Moreover, with some 1.2 GW of wind projects already consented, Scotland is on track to easily reach its target of 40% of electricity generation from renewables by 2020, which would require a total 6 GW of installed capacity.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol