Renewable Energy: Severn Estuary

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of David Davies David Davies Conservative, Monmouth

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will commission a small-scale trial of tidal lagoon technology during the Government's feasibility study into the options for generating renewable electricity in the Severn Estuary.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister of State (Energy), Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform

The Government have proposed amendments to the Renewables Obligation to support tidal lagoons and barrages below 1GW. It will be for project developers to obtain the necessary consents and permissions through the usual procedures. The feasibility study will consider tidal lagoons alongside other options.

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