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Setback For The Scottish Offshore Wind Sector?

A judge has agreed to uphold a challenge from the RSPB against consent for turbines in some areas.

After a judge agreed to uphold RSPB Scotland's challenge against consent for turbines in the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth, former energy minister Brian Wilson declared offshore wind in the country to be in trouble as a result, adding that the charity is now in control over such schemes, including hundreds of turbines.

According to the BBC, the four projects involved were approved by ministers in October 2014 and have the capabilities of powering over 1.4 million homes, but RSPB Scotland launched a legal challenge arguing that the turbines could have huge implications for local wildlife and said the government had actually breached legal requirements by not giving proper consideration to such matters when making the original decision.

As the RSPB noted, the charity had been working alongside Scottish ministers and profject developers to reduce the harm to seabirds but consents were granted when thousands of kittiwakes, puffins, gannets and other seabirds were predicted to be killed each year.

Mr Wilson described the challenge as an "extremely serious setback", adding: "The RSPB now hold all the cards. They were forced into this comprehensive action because the Scottish government delayed consent and then clustered these four wind farms together, so the RSPB went to court on the basis of cumulative impact."

However, energy minister Paul Wheelhouse decried his comments and said they were ill-informed, incorrect and irresponsible, while the government said it was still committed to renewable energy, but needed time to study the ruling.

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