Former energy minister to lead tidal lagoons review

The independent review of tidal lagoons will be led by UK’s former energy minister Charles Hendry.

Hendry, who was UK’s Minister of State for Energy from 2010 until 2012, will be supported by a team of seconded civil servants, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) informed.

Since leaving ministerial office, Hendry has undertaken a wide range of roles – as President of the British Institute of Energy Economics, Chair of the Forewind Consortium from 2013-2015, and Commissioner of the UK Pavilion at the Future Energy Expo in Kazakhstan 2017.

The review, announced in February this year, will assess the strategic case for tidal lagoons and whether they could play a cost effective role as part of the UK energy mix.

It will also help establish an evidence base to ensure all decisions made regarding tidal lagoon energy are in the best interest of the UK, according to DECC.

The findings of the review are expected to be announced in the autumn.