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Marine Renewables Deployment Fund

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many grants have been made by the Marine Renewables Deployment Fund in each year since the fund was created; and how much was paid in such grants in each of those years. (242495)

Two grants have been made to EMEC (European Marine Energy Centre) from the infrastructure support budget category of the Marine Renewables Deployment Fund. A total payment of £831,000 was made in 2005-06 and £300,000 in 2006-07.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications for grants have been received by the Marine Renewables Deployment Fund in each year since the fund was created. (242496)

The Marine Renewables Deployment Fund (MRDF) received two grant applications for infrastructure support, one in 2005 and one in 2006. Both applications were approved. We also received two applications for support in 2006 from the Wave and Tidal-stream Energy Demonstration scheme. However neither application met the eligibility criterion of three months’ continuous operation of a full-scale prototype.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many projects have received funding from the Marine Renewable Deployment Fund, broken down by (a) nation and (b) region. (242550)

Seven projects have been supported by the Marine Renewable Deployment Fund; six have been research related and the other infrastructure support. The projects are broken down by (a) nation and (b) region below:

(a) Nation

Number of projects

England

1

Scotland

6

Wales

0

Northern Ireland

0

(b) Region

Number of projects

London

1

Edinburgh

2

Orkney

3

Aberdeen

1