Hendry calls for evidence for tidal lagoons review

The former UK Energy Minister, and now the head of tidal lagoons review, Charles Hendry, has issued a call for evidence seeking suggestions on the cost, benefits and opportunities of tidal lagoons.

The review will consider the cost-effectiveness of tidal lagoon energy as part of the UK energy system, as well as the potential opportunities in the UK and internationally that could arise from tidal lagoon energy.

Also, it will assess possible structures for financing tidal lagoons, different sizes of projects as the first of a kind, and whether a competitive framework could be put in place for the delivery of tidal lagoon projects.

“My review is not targeted at any particular project but, in considering these issues, I am mindful that Tidal Lagoon Power, the proposed developers of Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, are in ongoing discussions with government about the terms of a potential Contract for Difference that might support the financing of the project. However, I nonetheless wish to receive evidence from both Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd and others about the costs, benefits and opportunities of tidal lagoons,” Hendry said in a letter.

Former UK Energy Minister added that he is also seeking evidence of other potential sites, developers and opportunities, and the feasibility and practicalities of a wider UK tidal lagoon programme including, but not limited to, environmental and grid issues, navigation and ports impacts, supply chain and export opportunities and financing arrangements.

In addition to this call for evidence and associated visits and any necessary meetings, Hendry said he will be consulting with relevant Government departments and with the devolved administrations throughout the review.

Interested parties should submit evidence by July 31, 2016 at [email protected].