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09:36  12 january  2017
09:36  12 january  2017 Source:   Press Association

Tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay backed to boost UK energy supplies

  Tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay backed to boost UK energy supplies Backers of the scheme say it could produce predictable low-carbon energy over a long time-frame.Former energy minister Charles Hendry, who led the Government-commissioned study, said lagoons which harness the power of the tides for electricity could help with security of supply, cut carbon and bring opportunities for the UK supply chain.

Review of Tidal Lagoons . From: Department of Energy & Climate Change. First published : 10 February 2016. Part of: Low carbon technologies. Today, Wednesday 10 February the Government announced an independent review into the feasibility and practicality of tidal lagoon energy in the UK. Tidal lagoons have the potential to provide the country with clean and secure energy . Whilst progress has been made to understand this technology, more work needs to be done to determine whether they present value for money.

The outcome of the Government 's independent review into the feasibility and practicality of tidal lagoon energy in the UK is expected to be released in November. Ahead of its release Lara Moore at Ashfords LLP provides a brief overview of tidal lagoon energy , the importance of the outcome of the government review and some of the challenges faced.

World's first tidal lagoon power plant © PA PICTURE DESK World's first tidal lagoon power plant

A review commissioned by the Government into the potential for tidal lagoon energy in the UK is to be published.

If the independent review, conducted by former energy minister Charles Hendry, backs the technology, it could provide a boost to a "world first" project to harness the power of the tides in the Severn Estuary.

The assessment, commissioned last year amid negotiations on the project, has looked into whether the lagoons represent value for money and how they could contribute to the UK's energy mix in the most effective way.

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An independent review of tidal lagoon energy will examine its feasibility, the UK government has said, amid delays to a £1bn project in Swansea. David Cameron fuelled fears in January when he said his enthusiasm for tidal energy was "reducing". Ministers said a decision on the lagoon was expected in the autumn, after the review was published . Announcing the review on Wednesday, Energy Minister Lord Bourne said it was "exciting, but as yet an untested technology".

Investment in tidal energy will provide a huge boost to steelmaking and other industries, creating many thousands of jobs in South Wales, the head of the Government ’s independent review of tidal lagoon power, Charles Hendry, heard during a visit to Newport on Thursday (14th July). Its findings are expected to be announced before the end of the year and will influence the decision on the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon , which in turn will trigger future lagoon projects in the Severn Estuary and elsewhere around the UK coast. A new report published this week by Tidal Lagoon Power highlighted Britain’s

Renewable energy firm Tidal Lagoon Power wants to secure subsidies for a £1.3 billion scheme to build the world's first lagoon power plant in Swansea Bay.

The lagoon would involve a U-shaped breakwater built out from the coast, with a bank of turbines turned by water which would harness the rise and fall of the tides to generate renewable electricity.

While the Government has expressed backing for lagoons, former prime minister David Cameron said his enthusiasm had been "reduced" by the costs, with much higher subsidies than nuclear or offshore wind mooted at one stage.

Tidal Lagoon Power now says the Swansea Bay scheme would require only the rate of bill-payer support currently offered to nuclear, and because the project was small it would cost households as little as 20p to 30p on average.

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An independent review of tidal lagoon energy will examine its feasibility, the UK government has said, amid delays to a £1bn project in Swansea. David Cameron fuelled fears in January when he said his enthusiasm for tidal energy was "reducing". Ministers said a decision on the lagoon was expected in the autumn, after the review was published . Announcing the review on Wednesday, Energy Minister Lord Bourne said it was "exciting, but as yet an untested technology".

Tidal Lagoons attached to land –addendum to guidance under the Energy Act 2004. Alongside this consultation response document we are simultaneously publishing the relevant addendum to the Decommissioning provisions for tidal lagoons are being reviewed in light of The Crown Estate’s tidal range 1.5 Original proposal Government proposed that tidal lagoon installations attached to land

It would also generate thousands of jobs and boost the Welsh economy, while supplying predictable, clean electricity for 155,000 homes.

The company claims the Swansea Bay lagoon would be a proof-of-concept project opening the way for a series of lagoons around the coast, costing less due to economies of scale and meeting 8% of the country's power needs for 120 years.

But conservation groups have raised concerns about going ahead with a series of lagoons before the impacts of the Swansea scheme are assessed.

Mr Hendry said lagoons offer a "completely predictable" source of power.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We know it absolutely works. One of the great advantages is it is completely predictable for all time to come.

"We know exactly when the spring tides and neap tides are going to be every single day for the rest of time and so, in terms of meeting security of supply, lagoons can play an important role."

Mr Hendry said he had assessed how expensive the project was by spreading the cost of the subsidies over the lifetime of the project.

"If you look at it over the cost of that 120 years then you get a very much lower figure than almost any other source of power generation."

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