UK MPs urge govt to move on tidal lagoons

Swansea Bay tidal lagoon model. Source: Tidal Lagoon (Swansea Bay) Plc. License: All rights reserved.

Feb 15 (Renewables Now) - As many as 107 Members of Parliament (MPs) are calling on the UK government to respond as soon as possible to the recommendations of the Hendry Review on Tidal Lagoons and support the "pathfinder" project at Swansea Bay.

The MPs have signed a letter to Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary of State Greg Clark, sent by Richard Graham, chair of the All Party Group for Marine Energy and Tidal Lagoons.

"Our letter is to urge the government not to delay in responding positively to the recommendations and getting the financial talks for the pathfinder under way," Graham said in a press release on Tuesday.

The developer of the 320-MW Swansea Bay project -- Tidal Lagoon Power, has secured planning consent for the scheme but has been unable to negotiate subsidy support with the government.     

Charles Hendry published his review into the role of tidal lagoons in January, calling on the UK to seize the opportunity to move the technology forward and move to secure the pathfinder project as swiftly as possible.       

"Former Energy Minister Charles Hendry started his Review as a sceptic and ended as an enthusiast," Graham said. "He was very clear in urging the government to give the green light for a pathfinder in Swansea – the world’s first ever tidal lagoon – and then see whether the experience justified going ahead with much larger future lagoons," he added.

Minister for Industry and Energy Jesse Norman has said that there will be no dragging of heels in the government responding to the review.        

Graham's letter can be read here

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