Subsidies for offshore wind technology could be increased as part of a plan to encourage investment, it has been revealed.

Energy minister Fergus Ewing hopes a new targeted incentive could open up the exploitation of deeper, more challenging waters off the coast of Scotland.

The proposal, which will be open to consultation, is part of changes to Scotland’s Renewables Obligation, the main support mechanism for renewable electricity projects in the UK.

Other decisions include the retention of support for hydro-generation, removal of support for some larger and less efficient wood-fuelled biomass stations and a 10 per cent reduction in support for onshore wind.

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The Scotsman (14 Sep 2012)