Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council

As part of the UK's Offshore Wind Sector Deal between Government and the offshore wind industry, the Scottish Government has formed the Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council (SOWEC) to help co-ordinate the wider industry activity across Scotland.    


The Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council is a new group established in partnership between the Scottish public sector and the offshore wind industry.  Co-chaired by Scottish Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, and Brian MacFarlane of SSE, its aim is to co-ordinate a Scotland wide response to the Offshore Wind Sector Deal and to work directly with the DeepWind and Forth & Tay Offshore clusters to achieve its vision and goals.



An offshore wind sector that plays to Scotland’s strengths, delivering jobs, investment and export opportunities in line with the UK Sector Deal as a key part of the path to net-zero.



  • Deliver at least 8GW of offshore wind in Scottish waters by 2030.
  • Develop a plan for offshore wind’s contribution to achieving Scotland’s climate change ambition of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.
  • Create a competitive, commercially-attractive offshore wind sector in Scotland which can deliver both domestically and in the global offshore wind market, with a focus on project development, deeper water capability and innovative technology solutions.
  • Work to increase local content in line with the ambitions set out in the UK Sector Deal, developing a sustainable, world-class supply chain in Scotland.
  • The number of offshore wind jobs in Scotland will increase to more than 6,000; an increase of 75% on 2019 figures. 




Please find below links to news releases issued by SOWEC:


Governance Principles

Please find below the links to the SOWEC Governance Principles and Terms of Reference:


Terms of Reference

Please find below the links to the Terms of Reference for each of the SOWEC sub-groups:



Please find below the links to the 2020 Roadmaps for each of the SOWEC sub-groups: