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Tidal Power: Expenditure

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much expenditure on (a) research and development on and (b) installation of tidal power his Department is planning in each of the next three years. (178648)

[holding answer 5 February 2008]: The Government have in place a comprehensive range of initiatives that encourage the development of marine energy, including tidal power. The Government's main mechanism for supporting renewable energy is the renewables obligation (RO). On 10 January I announced, in our plans to reform the RO, a doubling of support to tidal barrages and lagoons up to 1 gigawatt and to tidal-stream technologies. Details can be found at:

The £50 million ‘Marine Renewables Deployment Fund’ provides a package of measures to support the commercial-scale demonstration of new tidal-stream devices. Details can be found at:

On 22 January the Government announced the detailed terms of reference for a feasibility study that will look into the potential for tidal power in the Severn estuary. Further details of the study can be found at:

In addition, support for research and development into tidal power technologies is available through the Research Councils’ SUPERGEN programme and the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) which is a joint Government and industry initiative. Details of the ETIs first call for tidal and wave power projects, launched on 17 December 2007 can be seen at: