Moray Council is calling for an urgent inquiry into the sell-off of offshore wind rights.
Elgin North councillor Sandy Keith tabled a motion seeking action at a meeting this week.
He believes the Scotwind auction in 2022 undersold areas for offshore wind projects because there was a maximum limit.
That was set at £100,000 per square km.
Mr Keith said the Scottish Government and the Crown Estate underestimated the value of resources.
‘Economically illiterate’
He called the decision to sell off areas of seabed to the private sector “economically illiterate”.
There are also concerns consortia that fail to deliver on their local supply chain commitments in relation to off shore developments can only be fined up to £250,000.
Similar auctions in the USA and England made up to 40 times more than the Scottish one, which received £750 million for around 27GW – double the current capacity of the Scottish renewable sector.
His motion to full council, seconded by member for Heldon and Laich John Cowe, was unanimously backed at Wednesday’s meeting. Rad more:…/call-for-urgent…/

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