Energy Consents Unit


In Scotland, certain applications in relation to energy infrastructure are made to the Scottish Ministers for determination.


These cases are administered by the Energy Consents Unit. The following applications are considered by the Scottish Ministers:


Applications for consent for the construction, extension and operation of electricity generating stations with capacity in excess of 50 megawatts (applications below this threshold are made to the relevant local planning authority);

Applications for the installation of certain overhead electric lines and associated infrastructure;

Applications for necessary wayleaves to confer rights over land to install electric lines;

Compulsory purchase orders promoted under the Electricity Act 1989;

Applications for consent for large gas and oil pipelines.


Members of the public seeking to make representations – to make a representation please click ‘Help Page’ to access the step-by-step guidance on how to register and submit a representation on this website.

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.


Submission of applications over the Festive period

If your section 36 or section 37 application is uploaded after 20 November 2023 it will be received and acknowledged by Energy Consents Unit, however the documentation shall not be published on our website until the following year. Publication on this site, and application consultation will take place in January 2024 as agreed with the case officer. Further detail is available via our Stakeholder letter (dated 12 September 2023) which is viewable on the help page of this site ('stakeholder engagement letter')


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