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Energy: Tidal Generation

Volume 713: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what role the Infrastructure Planning Commission will have in assessing and discovering ways of using the tides for electricity generation, particularly in the Severn river and estuary and in south Wales. [HL5696]

The Infrastructure Planning Commission will not have a role in discovering ways of using the tides for electricity generation. From 1 March 2010 our intention is that, for the energy and transport sectors, it will consider applications for development consent for nationally significant infrastructure projects and, where a relevant national policy statement is in place, determine them. An offshore generating station in England or Wales will require development consent where it is expected to have a generating capacity of more than 100 megawatts.

The Severn tidal power feasibility study is looking at whether the Government could support a tidal power project in the Severn and the most appropriate consenting route. We expect to consult on the results of the study in 2010.