Energy: Wyre Barrage

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th April 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Shadow Minister (Community Cohesion), Communities and Local Government

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of a re-activation of the 1991 Wyre Tidal Barrage Scheme.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Minister of State (Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Air Quality), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Air Quality), Department for Energy and Climate Change, Minister of State (Department of Energy and Climate Change), Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Air Quality) (also in the Department for Energy and Climate Change), Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

A 60-64 MW tidal barrage in the Wyre Estuary was covered in the Sustainable Development Commission's Turning the Tide report in October 2007. Officials from the Department of Energy and Climate Change met representatives of Wyre Tidal Energy Limited at the end of 2008 to discuss assessment of the feasibility of a project and the likely consenting requirements. DECC have maintained contact with the company, which is also a member of the newly formed Northwest Tidal Energy Group, supported by the Northwest Regional Development Agency, with which DECC officials have regular meetings. Tidal power schemes below 1 GW installed capacity would be eligible for a revenue subsidy of two renewables obligation certificates / MWh.

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