Renewable Energy

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 21st March 2011.

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Photo of Sarah Boyack Sarah Boyack Labour

Question S3W-40536

To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Forestry Commission Scotland renewables contracts announced by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change on 22 February 2011 give exclusive rights to the whole of the commission’s estate to those companies that won the contracts.

Photo of Roseanna Cunningham Roseanna Cunningham Scottish National Party

Forestry Commission Scotland split the geographical areas of the national forest estate into five lots.

In four of the five lots there are two companies given exclusivity for the eight month period, one dealing with schemes under 5MW site potential and the other over 5MW. In the fifth lot both development segments are dealt with by the same company. It is not intended that exclusive options will be granted on all of the forest estate in each lot at the end of the exclusivity period, instead a select list of potential sites will be taken forward and the rest of the land can be open to communities or others to take forward if possible.

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