Reacting to news of the go-ahead for two offshore wind farms in the Moray Firth, Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said,

“This is great news for renewable energy in Scotland. Harnessing the huge energy in winds around Scotland’s coast is a major step forward in the fight against climate change. These two schemes alone could provide 40% of Scotland’s peak power needs on a windy day.

“Offshore wind is relatively new in Scottish waters and these schemes will need careful monitoring as they are built and operated to ensure that the impacts on wildlife are minimised.

“As a global leader, Scotland can create green electricity, reduce climate emissions and generate new jobs.”

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Notes to Editors

1. The two schemes total an electrical capacity of nearly 1.9GW and are to be built by Moray Offshore Renewables, and Beatrice Offshore Wind Limited.

2. Link to Scottish Government announcement: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Scottish-offshore-wind-farms-to-be-worl…

3. Friends of the Earth Scotland is:

* Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning organisation

* An independent Scottish charity with a network of thousands of supporters and active local groups across Scotland

* Part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world, uniting over 2 million supporters, 77 national member groups, and some 5,000 local activist groups – covering every continent. www.foe-scotland.org.uk