According to Mr Laidlaw, the big six energy suppliers are in talks with the government about the economics of offshore farms.
"If we have a long hiatus [because of the credit crunch] of more than a year, then it's going to be a bigger challenge to meet our renewable targets to ensure we have security of electricity supply. We have to find some solutions in the next few months," he stated.
Mr Laidlaw added that he fears if investment is not boosted the cycle of high energy prices will repeat.
Last week, it was reported that the European Commission is considering investing 40 million euros (£36 million) in a proposed offshore windfarm proposed by the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group and Swedish utility company Vattenfall.
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