step forward' for Bridgwater Bay lagoon plans welcomed
prospect of a Bridgwater Bay lagoon being constructed in the sea
near Burnham-On-Sea has been welcomed.
comes after plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay
to generate power were last week backed by a government-commissioned
Energy Minister Charles Hendry's independent report into the technology's
viability said it would make a "strong contribution" to
the UK's energy supply and would bring "significant economic
are hopes of developing a network of larger lagoons around the UK's
coastline, including one in Bridgwater Bay in the Bristol Chanel
off Burnham-On-Sea, harnessing power from the ebb and flow of the
David Hall, Deputy Leader at Somerset County Council, has welcomed
the findings in the review as "a significant step forward."
He added: "A key part of our vision for Somerset is to be at
the heart of discussions about solar power and tidal lagoons to
make sure Somerset is in the vanguard of developments."
review is extremely positive and is another step forward to delivering
our decarbonisation commitments."
report concludes "that tidal lagoons can play a cost effective
role in the UKs energy mix and there is considerable value
in a small (less than 500 MW) pathfinder project. I conclude that
tidal lagoons would help deliver security of supply; they would
assist in delivering decarbonisation commitments; and they would
bring real and substantial opportunities for the UK supply chain."
Ian Liddell-Grainger, the Conservative member for Bridgwater and
West Somerset, agreed that a favourable assessment of the £1.3bn
Swansea project by Mr Hendry has now greatly increased the chances
of a similar, major scheme going ahead on the Somerset side of the
MP said: "This report really puts some flesh on the bones of
the idea and makes it quite clear that a tidal barrage is feasible,
affordable and desirable."
Hendry is a well-respected figure. He also supported Hinkley Point
C and enjoyed the confidence of both management and unions involved
in that project, so the Government should be listening to what he
know the conditions in Bridgwater Bay are ideal for tidal power
generation so really the only issues to be settled are the strike
price and the issuing of licences to build on the sea bed by the
I think, we are going to run into opposition from the RSPB but the
potential loss of habitat would, I am sure, be far less than would
be experienced from a tidal barrage."
when it comes to balancing out all the issues, from the needs of
wildlife to the nation's requirements for clean, reliable long-term
energy generation I still believe there will be far more positives
than negatives when the case for the Bridgwater Bay project is examined
Bristol Channel experiences the second-highest tidal range in the
world and has been earmarked for some form of tidal power generation
since the 1950s.
UK government still needs to agree on a deal and a marine licence
would also need to be approved.