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Energy: Tidal Generation

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th October 2009.

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Photo of The Earl of Caithness The Earl of Caithness Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the Crown Estate regarding the current round of licensing of the Pentland Firth for tidal energy; and why the results of the licensing round have been delayed until February 2010.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, House of Lords, Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Minister of State (Department of Energy and Climate Change), Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

The officials in the department are in regular contact with the Crown Estate on issues relating to marine energy and the Crown Estate is participating in the development of the marine action plan which the Government announced as part of the UK renewable energy strategy.

It is for the Crown Estate to decide when it announces the results of the Pentland Firth licensing round, taking into account progress of negotiations with prospective developers prior to award of agreement to lease. I understand that the Earl of Caithness has been advised by the Crown Estate that its programme is on schedule to deliver 700 MW of energy by 2020.

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