More than three million homes could benefit from electricity generated from wind farms following a decision to open the Scottish Crown Estate to development.
Up to ten wind farms could be built off the coast of Scotland as a result of the decision - a move which could generate as much as 6,000 megawatts of electricity.
Four Scottish and Southern Energy farms called Beatrice, Bell Rock, Islay and Kintyre would have a capacity of 2,700 megawatts.
In related news, Scottish secretary Jim Murphy has claimed first minister Alex Salmond has failed to come up with a convincing argument as to why nuclear power should be boycotted by the country.
Earlier this week Mr Murphy said: "It's crucial we have an enormous expansion in investment and deliver our renewables wind and wave and solar in particular. But in itself that's not enough."
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