It is recognised that generating energy through renewable sources, as with offshore wind farms (OWF), is vital for society’s future. The Scottish government acknowledges this and has set targets of at least 30% of overall energy demand to be from renewable sources by 2020. Energy generated through local renewable sources also has a global impact – it strengthens the security of supplies at local level by reducing reliance on imported energy and also reduces the use of energy derived from fossil fuels, thus contributing to mitigating global climate change.
In addition to societal impacts, renewable energy generation is seen as providing economic opportunities through job creation and bringing inward investment. To date, the policy of the key economic development agencies in the North-east of Scotland has been generally one of diversification away from an overreliance on oil and gas; such a policy can be traced back to 1990 and the setting up of ‘Aberdeen Beyond 2000’ initiative. Successive administrations and agencies have pursued this policy and the Aberdeen OWF aims to cement its role in renewable offshore development, further positioning Aberdeen as the energy capital of Europe and a world energy centre.
Yet, although many societal and economic (socio-economic) benefits are stated, what the actual impacts are on the economy and communities near to OWF have never been explored. This is the aim of the project being undertaken by researchers from Oxford Brookes University. It is one of a small number of research projects funded through the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) Scientific Research and Monitoring Programme. EOWDC is Scotland’s largest OWF test and demonstration facility which is being developed by Vattenfall-owned Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited (AOWFL) in Aberdeen bay
Beginning in June 2017 and ending in October 2019, the project will:
To achieve our aims we will explore the Aberdeen OWF in detail plus two other schemes (Beatrice OWF in Moray Firth and Hornsea OWF off the English east coast). We will also study reports produced for other OWF in Scotland and England and selected European countries.
Offshore wind farms (OWF) are of growing significance in many countries in Europe and beyond. Find out more »
Analysis of the area of Blackdog, Balmedie and surroundings. Find out more »
Overview of the decision making regimes for the building of offshire wind farms. Find out more »
Raising the profile of socio-economic impacts on local communities. Find out more »
You can contact us by writing to or emailing Dr Bridget Durning via:
School of the Built EnvironmentOxford Brookes UniversityHeadington CampusOxford OX3 0BP
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