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Scots press offshore accelerator

£2.2m to help Carbon Trust cut cost of wind by at least 10% from 2015

Scotland has promised £2.2m in funding for Carbon Trust efforts to lower the cost of offshore wind by at least 10% across the UK.

Holyrood said today it will pay £200,000 to the joint industry-government scheme Offshore Wind Accelerator in 2014-15 with the remainder to follow in 2015-16.

Reductions are due to be delivered in 2015, said Edinburgh, a timeline that will allow offshore wind developments in Scottish waters to benefit.

Money will be used to encourage collaboration; share knowledge on construction, design and installation; and support the commercialisation of floating wind turbines in Scottish waters.

First Minister Alex Salmond said: "Scotland is home to around a quarter of Europe’s offshore wind resource and we are keen to support its development as part of our energy mix. Our support for the OWA further highlights Scotland’s position as a global leader in renewables development.”

Carbon Trust chief executive Tom Delay added: “We are delighted to be working with the Scottish government to drive further cost reductions in the offshore wind industry. The OWA and this new injection of funding will be key to help meet this cost reduction challenge.”

Other OWA members include Dong, Eon, Mainstream, RWE, ScottishPower, SSE, Statkraft, Statoil and Vattenfall - which between them control 72% of licensed UK offshore wind capacity - as well as DECC.

Image: Scottish offshore experience includes the Beatrice demonstrator (Scaldis)

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