MP welcomes plans for South West Marine Energy Park
MP has this week welcomed Climate
Change Minister Greg Barker's announcement regarding the formation
of a new South West Marine Energy Park, stretching between Bristol
from waves and tides has the potential to generate up to 27GW
of power in the UK by the year 2050, equivalent to the power generated
from eight coal-fired power stations. The new park aims to accelerate
the use of marine power.
Minister has also re-opened the door to the possibility of a Severn
Barrage being built, saying it was "by no means dead"
and that there were "some very interesting private sector-led
Burnham's MP, Tessa Mut, said: "As long as the local environment
is protected and the carbon payback of construction is reasonable,
I would welcome the chance to look at any marine source of energy
on the Severn Estuary, be that tidal or wave power, using barrages,
tidal fences, lagoons, or as yet undeveloped technology. This
could be a huge boost for the region's economy in terms of new
long-term jobs, inward investment, and research and development
"In difficult economic times, the Coalition Government cannot
afford to fund a large scale infrastructure project like the severn
barrage. However, if a private consortium can raise the capital
and put forward a proposal which balances energy production with
local environmental impacts, that deserves serious consideration.
Our region needs new employment opportunities, and it is clear
that any such proposal would provide great economic potential
West Marine Energy Park prospectus outlines how the regions
public and private sector will work together with the government
and other key national bodies such as the Crown Estate.
Top, the area covered by the new marine energy park and, above,
a new wave power device from Ecotricity