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Regional Planning and Development: Coastal Areas

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the surplus remaining unspent in the Marine Renewable Deployment Fund has been in each year since its inception. (217927)

[holding answer 10 July 2008]: The Marine Renewables Deployment Fund has several budget categories. These are:

Wave and Tidal-stream Energy Demonstration Scheme.

Budget: £42 million. Because no wave or tidal-stream energy technology has yet accumulated three months of continuous operation, which is a key eligibility criterion of the scheme, all of this budget remains unspent. However, one or possibly two technologies are expected to achieve eligibility in late 2008 or early 2009, with at least one other later in 2009.

Related research

Budget: Up to £360,000 depending on research needs identified. The total contractual commitment is £233,000 of which £209,000 has been spent to date. This is broken down by financial year as follows:

£000

Financial year

Spent

Available for commitment

Committed but not yet spent

2006-07

47

313

2007-08

156

157

2008-09

6

151

2008-09

127

24

Environmental research

Budget: £2 million. This research is planned for monitoring the environmental impacts of projects installed under the wave and tidal-stream energy demonstration scheme. The technologies’ failure so far to qualify for this scheme has meant that all of this budget remains unspent, although work is expected to be able to commence this year.

Infrastructure support:

Budget: Up to £5.64 million. To date, £l,131,000 of this budget has been spent, broken down by financial year as follows:

£000

Financial year

Spent

Available for commitment

2005-06

831

4,809

2006-07

300

4,509

2007-08

0

4,509

2008-09

0

4,509

All of this money has been spent at EMEC in Orkney, Scotland, and represents a contribution towards the cost the construction of its tidal test site and improvements to its wave test site.

In addition to this, £4.5 million from this budget has been promised to the south west regional development agency as a contribution to its planned wave hub project. This was expected to have been spent by now but the start of wave hub has been delayed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what spending from the Marine Renewable Deployment Fund has been in each year since its inception on (a) wave and tidal stream energy, (b) environmental research, (c) related research and (d) infrastructure support, broken down by region. (217928)

[holding answer 10 July 2008]: The information is as follows:

Wave and tidal-stream energy demonstration scheme.

Because no wave or tidal-stream energy technology has yet accumulated three months of continuous operation, which is a key eligibility criterion of the scheme, none of this budget has been spent to date. However, one or possibly two technologies are expected to achieve eligibility in late 2008 or early 2009, and at least one other later in 2009. The location of these projects will depend on the applications received and approved.

Related research

The total contractual commitment is £233,000 of which £209,000 has been spent to date. This is broken down by financial year and region as follows:

£000

Financial year

Spent

Committed but not yet spent

Scotland

2006-07

47

2007-08

24

2008-09

6

24

South East England

2006-07

2007-08

132

2008-09

Environmental research

This research is planned for monitoring the environmental impacts of projects installed under the wave and tidal-stream energy demonstration scheme. The technologies’ failure so far to qualify for this scheme has meant that all of this budget remains unspent, although work is expected to be able to commence this year. The monitoring work will happen at the deployment sites of the projects deployed under the wave and tidal-stream energy demonstration scheme.

Infrastructure support

To date, £1,131,000 of this budget has been spent, broken down by financial year as follows:

Financial year

Spent (£000)

2005-06

831

2006-07

300

All of this money has been spent at EMEC in Orkney, Scotland, and represents a contribution towards the cost of construction of its tidal test site and improvements to its wave test site.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many projects the Marine Renewable Deployment Fund has funded in each year since its inception, broken down by region; and how much funding was given in each case. (217930)

[holding answer 10 July 2008]: The number of projects supported by the Marine Renewable Deployment Fund by region, funding and financial year are listed as follows:

Numbers of projects by financial year and region

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Related research (Scotland)

2

1

1

Related research (SE England)

1

Infrastructure support (Scotland)

2

Projects are allocated to the financial year in which they started.

Expenditure by financial year and region

£000

2006-07 spent

2007-08 spent

2008-09 spent

2008-09 committed but not yet spent

Related research (Scotland)

47

24

6

24

Related research (SE England)

132

Infrastructure support (Scotland)

831

1300

* There were two infrastructure projects in Scotland, both at EMEC in Orkney, but BERR expenditure spanned two financial years.