Minister gives boost to tidal lagoon hopes in Bridgwater Bay
Prime Minister has this week given fresh hope that a huge tidal
lagoon will be built in Bridgwater Bay near Burnham-On-Sea.
lagoon, which we first reported here,
was mentioned by David Cameron during the first Prime Ministers
Questions of the new Parliament this week.
MP Richard Graham asked the Prime Minister about tidal lagoons
in the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel.
Cameron replied that he could see that "tidal power has significant
potential" and he welcomed the possible Chinese investment
in the company seeking to build the lagoons.
MP James Heappey said afterwards: "I made the case to the
Prime Minister, Chancellor and Energy Secretary Amber Rudd during
the election campaign and I am delighted to see that it now features
so prominently in their thinking."
Bridgwater Bay Lagoon will be a great opportunity for our area
and I am heartened to see the PMs enthusiasm for the technology."
lagoon would be one of six to be introduced across the UK - including
four in Wales and another in Cumbria - to capture incoming and
outgoing tides behind giant sea walls to power turbines. They
could generate 8% of the UK's energy for an investment of £30bn.
could also create scores of new jobs.