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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.


Search current and past applications


We have now created our new publication portal and have placed over 40 live cases with approximately 1,400 associated documents online to allow public search and viewing of documents relating to applications for energy consents. This new online publication portal will be opened for public use from Wednesday 29 April 2015. The new portal can be found at