Firm abandons wind farm project

Jan 6, 2014 by Guest Writer

Scottish Power has scrapped plans for its 1,800 megawatt Argyll Array wind farm in mid-December due to tricky ground and wave conditions and the presence of protected sharks, making it the third utility in two weeks to drop a wind project in British waters, according to a story in Maritime Executive.

The power company, owned by Spain’s Iberdrola, follows RWE Innogy and Centrica, which have canceled a project each, saying they were uneconomic because existing technology was not advanced enough.

Britain is the world’s biggest offshore wind market and aims to defend its lead by multiplying current capacity by nearly five times to 18 gigawatts (GW) by the end of the decade.

Centrica and Scottish Power’s decisions also came a week after the government announced new subsidy prices under a renewable energy support scheme from 2018.