Renewables Update May 2011

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PLANNING SCOTLAND'S RENEWABLE FUTURE

With the SNP winning a historic 69 seats, we take a look at what the re-elected Scottish Government will need to do to the planning system if their ambitious renewables targets are to be met.

BAN ON COMMERCIAL WIND FARM DEVELOPMENT CAN BE JUSTIFIED BY HABITATS AND BIRDS DIRECTIVES

A recent Advocate General's Opinion has upheld a ban on the construction of commercial wind farms within the Natura 2000 conservation network.

What are the implications for wind farm developers?

CLIMATE CHANGE DUTIES OF PLANNING AUTHORITIES

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 has introduced new “climate change” statutory duties for all public bodies in the exercise of their functions.

Find out what this means for renewables developers.

FUTURE SKILLS SHORTAGE IN THE ENERGY SECTOR

ScottishPower has recently issued a warning that the energy sector will face a major skills shortage in the not too distant future.

Read more about how your business can plan ahead for this.

WIND FARM DEVELOPMENT – USE OF PHOTOMONTAGES

The ASA has upheld a complaint against literature produced by an environmental campaign group opposing a wind farm development.

What does this means for developers?

THE MARINE PLANNING REGIME IN SCOTLAND MOVES A KEY STEP FORWARD

Scotland’s National Marine Plan will be part of the statutory framework for marine licensing and other decision-making functions by bodies such as the Crown Estate Commissioners. The first formal step in creating a National Marine Plan commenced with a pre-consultation draft of Scotland’s National Marine Plan being published for consultation.

Read on to see why it is vital for marine developers to respond to the consultation.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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