talks on tidal power proposals welcomed in Burnham-On-Sea
hopes have been raised this week that tidal energy could soon
be harnessed in the Bristol Channel near Burnham-On-Sea after
a key government announcement.
£1bn plan to build the world's first power-generating tidal
lagoon in Swansea Bay has been given a boost as the government
revealed discussions are underway with the developers, Tidal Lagoon
Power Limited. It has also been named in the National Infrastructure
government's discussions are seeking to establish whether tidal
lagoon projects are affordable and provide value for money for
consumers, re-opening the possibility of a lagoon in Bridgwater
reported here in 2009.
MP Tessa Munt and Conservative candidate James Heappey have both
welcomed the news this week.
pictured with Eva Bishop of the Swansea Tidal Lagoon Power
Project, said: "In March this year, I used my position
as Chair of my partys Energy & Climate Change Backbench
Committee to introduce Eva Bishop, Director of Tidal Lagoon Power
Ltd, to Ed Davey, the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate
never waste an opportunity to encourage him to meet experts and
entrepreneurs operating in the clean, green, renewable sector
and it seems its finally paying off. He was persuaded that
tidal power is in reach, a reality and a fantastic resource here
in the West, where the tidal reach and range in the Bristol Channel
is the second highest in the world."
a long-term supporter of tidal power. The potential of this technology
is immense and most of us here in the West Country understand
that. Harnessing the power of the nations tides has the
potential to supply as much as 10% of the UKs electricity
James Heappey, pictured on a visit to Marine Current Turbines,
added: "Progress and Government backing for the Swansea Bay
Tidal Lagoon is great news as it brings the likelihood of an even
bigger lagoon across the Bridgwater Bay. Tidal energy generation
is a fantastic opportunity for our region and a chance for us
to lead the world in developing this technology."
turbines in a lagoon would spin for 14 to 16 hours in every 24
and crucially theyll be generating electricity
at times that are entirely predictable. This means that whereas
wind and solar require a back up generating capability in case
the sun isnt shining or the wind doesnt blow; National
Grid can say confidently how much energy would be generated by
tidal power stations from the moment they are built until the
day they are decommissioned."
added: "The energy being generated is not to be sniffed at.
A lagoon across the Bridgwater Bay could generate a whopping 14.2
terawatt hours of energy every year. That is over half the energy
currently being generated by all 30,000 onshore wind turbines
in the UK."
been visiting a whole host of tidal energy companies over the
last two years to really understand the opportunities available
to us off our coast. Lagoons are the most immediate option but
the tidal flow turbine industry is following quickly behind and
there are emerging tidal reef technologies too. If
we get behind this industry, it will mean jobs, investment, clean
energy and a boost to our tourist industry too."
Top - the proposed lagoon; Centre - Tessa Munt with Eva Bishop,
Director of the Swansea Tidal Lagoon Power Project; Above - James
Heappey on a visit to Marine Current Turbines (a subsidiary of
Siemens) in Bristol to discuss tidal flow turbines