Tidal power scheme study launched

The prospect of a tidal power scheme on the Mersey Estuary has moved a step closer with the launch of a feasibility study into plans.

The prospect of a tidal power scheme on the Mersey Estuary has moved a step closer with the launch of a feasibility study into plans.

 

The research - carried out by the North West Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and private firm Peel Energy - will examine plans for the Power From The Mersey project.

 

The study aims to identify a single scheme that will deliver the maximum affordable energy from the tidal resources in the Mersey Estuary. A large scheme could generate enough renewable energy to supply a significant proportion of homes within the region.

 

The team will also take into account the impact on the environment, businesses, shipping and the community as well as issues related to compensation.

 

The Regional Development Agency hopes any scheme would lead to wider economic and social benefits, including improved local infrastructure and the creation of a leisure and tourism attraction.

 

It is also hoped that any scheme could contribute to the Government's target of generating 15 per cent of the UK's energy from renewable sources by 2020. NWDA chief executive Steven Broomhead said: "Currently, over 40 per cent of the UK's carbon dioxide emissions come from energy usage, which could be reduced by investing in renewable energy sources.

 

"The energy and environmental technologies sector makes a vital contribution to the North West's economy, employing over 50,000 people, while renewable and low carbon energy sources such as wind, tidal, biomass and biofuels are in operation throughout the region.

 

"As one of the region's natural assets, the Mersey Estuary presents a number of options for sustainable energy, providing a further source for renewable energy, as well as making an important contribution to towards the Governments Renewable Energy targets by 2020."

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