RenewableUK expands membership to include tidal lagoon power

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RenewableUK, a London-based trade association representing the wind and marine power industries, has announced that it is expanding its membership to include companies involved in tidal lagoon energy.

Prompted by a surge in tidal lagoon initiatives like Tidal Lagoon Power’s 320-MW Swansea Bay project, which was accepted for consideration by the United Kingdom’s Planning Inspectorate earlier this year, RenewableUK said it made its decision after “extensive discussions” about “extending its remit to cover this technology”.

“This is an exciting time for the dynamic marine energy sector, as Tidal Lagoon Power is set to achieve a global first in Swansea Bay,” RenewableUK chief executive Maria McCaffery said. “We are confident that this ground-breaking scheme will point the way for others to follow around the world, so we’re proud to support the deployment of this innovative form of renewable energy.”

The Swansea Bay project would include a 9.5-kilometer-long sea wall that would be dotted with hydro turbines along its length. Rising and falling tides would provide the kinetic motion needed for energy production. RenewableUK said construction could begin as early as next year with the first power generated by 2018.

“It is common sense for an island-nation seeking to secure and decarbonise its energy supply to turn to the tides; for an economy seeking infrastructure and export-fuelled growth to turn to tidal lagoons; and for a British business seeking to establish a global blueprint in low carbon energy to partner with RenewableUK,” TLP representative Andy Field said. “Tidal lagoon infrastructure employs proven technology and has a major role to play in Electricity Market Reform. It will turn energy need into environmental, economic and social opportunity.”

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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