Scottish Ministers and two offshore wind developers will appeal against court rulings that seek to void planning permission for as much as 2.3 gigawatts of new renewable energy capacity.
Four separate rulings by Lord Stewart in the Court of Session last month said the Scottish Government failed to properly assess how four new offshore wind farms would threaten migratory seabirds, such as the puffin, when it granted consent to build the facilities.
Together, the units would require an investment of as much as 10 billion pounds ($13.1 billion), according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Scottish Ministers have begun the process of appealing Lord Stewart’s judgments, a Scottish government spokesman said in an e-mailed statement. Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd., whose Neart na Gaoithe wind farm was one of the four ruled upon, also said it would lodge a separate appeal.
A spokeswoman for Inch Cape wind farm, led by SDIC Power Holdings Co., said it was also appealing against the ruling.