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Liberal Democrats welcome news that innovative options will be considered under Severn Tidal Power study

July 15, 2009 4:33 PM

Shadow Minister for the Environment and Sustainability, Mick Bates AM, has welcomed the news that three innovative proposals for new Severn tidal power technologies will be considered alongside the shortlisted barrages and lagoons as part of the Severn Tidal Power study, which could enable a more cost effective and environmentally friendly option for harnessing the power of the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel. In April this year the Liberal Democrat Severn Tidal Forum Report and Position Paper on the development of tidal energy in the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel urged the UK Government to invest sufficient research and development resources to progress the Tidal Reef proposal from Aberthaw to Minehead. It criticised the UK Government for failing to be ambitious and to consider more innovative proposals that could offer a more cost effective and environmentally friendly option for the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel. Commenting, Welsh Liberal Democrat Mick Bates AM stated: "Over the past few decades research into alternative forms of energy such as tidal energy has been put on the back-burner in favour of the nuclear option. The UK has the skills to develop modern and innovative technologies but the Severn Tidal Power consultation has so far been limited to dated technologies which have been debated for too many years. "Investment in innovative British engineering solutions for harnessing the power of the Severn and Bristol Channel will help to provide a greener mix to UK energy generation, boost UK job opportunities and make the UK a world leader in tidal energy technology. "Including the low-head barrage and tidal fence options alongside the shortlisted barrages and lagoons is a welcome step forward which I hope will enable a more cost effective and environmentally friendly option for harnessing the power of the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel."