New task force will look at ways to speed up licensing and consenting system
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing, who will chair the task force, said its aim will be to speed up the licensing and consenting system for offshore renewables developers.
The Scottish Government said development needs to gear up if its top meet its own target of creating 100 per cent of Scotland's electricity needs from renewables by 2020.
The new task force' remit will include "ensuring developers provide good applications and the regime deals with development applications swiftly".
A statement from the Scottish Government added: "The taskforce will help companies planning offshore wind and marine projects speed this up, while maintaining vital checks and balances on their environmental impact.
"It will help developers to share best practice, ensure better sharing of data, and help improve communication between developers and key stakeholders."
The taskforce will now draw up an implementation plan, which it expects to publish in January 2012.
Mr Ewing said: "Scotland has massive clean green energy potential that is delivering jobs and investment across the country.
"We therefore have an ambitious, but achievable, target for Scotland of meeting the equivalent of all our electricity needs from renewables by 2020.
"We need to ensure that companies who want to invest in our renewable energy industry and build the projects that would deliver the target can do so efficiently and quickly.
"My taskforce aims to help streamline this process and help offshore renewable energy developers produce sympathetic and well-conceived applications.
"This should not be at the expense of the concerns of communities. I want to help companies take local viewpoints and concerns into account and satisfy them, as well as helping them meet the technical requirements of the planning system quickly and thoroughly.
"By working together with industry, communities and environmental consultees, my task force will help Scotland to capitalise on its unique natural resources to secure its place as a world leader in renewable energy."