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Energy Consents

windfarmIn Scotland, applications to build and operate power stations and to install overhead power lines are made to the Scottish Ministers for consent. Applications are considered by Scottish Ministers where they are:

  • for electricity generating stations in excess of 50 megawatts (MW)
  • for overhead power lines and associated infrastructure, as well as large gas and oil pipelines

Such applications cover new developments as well as modifications to existing developments. Applications below these thresholds are made to the relevant local planning authority. Applications for marine energy (e.g. wave, tidal and offshore wind) are made to Marine Scotland. See the attached links for information on Marine Scotland onshore wind consents information

We have now created our new publication portal and have placed over 200 cases with approximately 4,500 associated documents online to allow public search and viewing of documents relating to applications for energy consents.

The new portal can be found at