UK Green-Lights New Tidal Energy Projects

From Reuters

The UK gave the go-ahead to three tidal energy projects on Wednesday, tiptoeing forward on efforts to boost a sector that could generate 20 percent of the country’s electricity.

The Crown Estate, which administers land and offshore development rights, said the three projects could proceed further with their plans subject to final approval from regional authorities following public consultation.

Concerns about environmental impact and huge costs in 2010 persuaded the British government to block public funding for a huge tidal energy barrage in the Severn estuary, but around 50 million pounds of public money has been made available for smaller projects through the Carbon Trust.

The latest awards take the total number of UK wave and tidal sites under development or operation to 41.

“This is great news not only for the developers involved but also for the industry as a whole because it shows the level of confidence that exists around this technology,” said Renewables UK, a lobby group for low carbon technologies.

 

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