This week, the government of Scotland decided to go ahead with a large scale offshore wind farm. Scotland, which has been reffered to as the ‘Silicon Valley‘ for wind energy, makes this move in spite of personal and business motivated pleas from Donald Trump.
Nevertheless, Trump vowed to bring a lawsuit to stop the $349 million (USD) development, which consists of 11 wind turbines planned off the coast near Aberdeen in northeastern Scotland. Trump declared: “We will spend whatever monies are necessary to see to it that these huge and unsightly industrial wind turbines are never constructed”, and frequently refers to wind turbines as ‘monstrosities’.
The wind farm, owned by Swedish energy company Vattenfall and a local business consortium, still needs to obtain a marine license and approval for an onshore substation.
Scotland’s energy minister, Fergus Ewing, envisions the project being capable of generating up to 100MW of power, enough for nearly half of Aberdeen’s homes.
But he added that the project was chiefly designed to test and evaluate advanced new offshore wind power designs, potentially helping to find new breakthrough technologies. Scottish and UK ministers, who also support the project, believe it could be crucial to helping the UK exploit the £100bn offshore wind industry.
Ewing said: “Offshore renewables represent a huge opportunity for Scotland; an opportunity to build up new industries and to deliver on our ambitious renewable energy and carbon reduction targets.”
Ambitious, indeed: Scotland aims to have 50% of its energy generated by renewable sources by 2015. This lofty goal is seen as as achievable, after it was “confirmed Scotland had beaten a 31% target for 2011 by about 4%”.
Mr Trump tweeted within the last 24 hours: “When somebody challenges you, fight back — be tough!”, along with “The developer of the Scottish wind monstrosities, Vattenfall, just laid off 2,500 people & has serious financial difficulties”.
So while the bickering looks to continue, Scotland has at least made a choice about the energy future it wants.