February 24, 2017
Burnham-On-Sea's MP James Heappey gives backing to marine energy

Burnham-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has given his backing to the marine energy industry this week.

It comes as a new report has been published that highlights the potential of south-west based companies in the wave and tidal energy sector.

The new report, called 'Ocean Energy Race', calls for wave and tidal power to be included in the Government’s Industrial Strategy to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of marine renewable green advancements.

The report features four 'clusters' across the UK which are benefitting most from marine investment, and the South West is one of these, alongside Wales, the Isle of Wight and the Solent, and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

Among the companies in the spotlight from the South West is Wave Hub, the largest, most advanced marine energy site in the world.

Burnham-On-Sea MP James Heappey was joined by fellow South West MPs George Eustice and Richard Graham to address the gathering at the RenewableUK’s Wave and Tidal Energy Conference in London.

RenewableUK’s Chief Executive Hugh McNeal said: "It’s vital that the Government recognises that wave and tidal power is transforming coastal communities around the UK, including those in the South West. Marine energy can become a key modern industrial sector."

"To make this happen, we’re urging Ministers to include wave and tidal power in their Industrial Strategy. We can deliver fresh energy infrastructure on a massive scale, building on Britain’s proud maritime tradition and creating a new clean-tech energy sector."

Mr McNeal said that whilst the UK is currently the global leader in wave and tidal energy, other countries, such as China and Canada, are looking to ’capitalise’ on the work made by UK companies.

"We don’t want our groundwork to lead to their success," said Mr. McNeal. "The UK must win the international Ocean Energy Race so that this country can reap the economic benefits of marine energy."


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