Former energy minister to lead UK's review of tidal lagoons
Swansea Bay tidal lagoon model. Source: Tidal Lagoon (Swansea Bay) Plc. License: All rights reserved.
The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on Friday announced that industry expert Charles Hendry will lead the independent review of tidal lagoons.
The UK government said in February it will conduct a review of tidal lagoon technology to see how such projects could contribute to the future of the country’s mix “in the most cost effective way”. Hendry, who was minister of state for energy from May 2010 until September 2012, will lead the review with the support of a team of seconded civil servants.
The findings of this review will be announced in the autumn of 2016.
In June 2015, the DECC gave planning consent to the 320-MW Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project in Wales. However, talks for a contract for difference (CfD) have been inconclusive. The developer, Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd, is looking for a deal for 90 years.
A couple of weeks after the DECC announced its review, local green energy supplier Ecotricity said it planned to compete to build Britain’s first tidal energy lagoon and doing so at almost half the price proposed for the Swansea Bay project.