MP James Heappey gives backing to marine energy
MP James Heappey has given his backing to the marine energy industry
comes as a new report has been published that highlights the potential
of south-west based companies in the wave and tidal energy sector.
new report, called 'Ocean Energy Race', calls for wave and tidal
power to be included in the Governments Industrial Strategy
to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of marine renewable
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.
the companies in the spotlight from the South West is Wave Hub,
the largest, most advanced marine energy site in the world.
MP James Heappey was joined by fellow South West MPs George Eustice
and Richard Graham to address the gathering at the RenewableUKs
Wave and Tidal Energy Conference in London.
Chief Executive Hugh McNeal said: "Its 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."
make this happen, were urging Ministers to include wave and
tidal power in their Industrial Strategy. We can deliver fresh energy
infrastructure on a massive scale, building on Britains proud
maritime tradition and creating a new clean-tech energy sector."
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.
dont 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