SCOTLAND’S world lead in wave and tidal power is under threat from the Westminster Government’s system, which has “locked out” these forms of renewables from the energy market. The technological successes to date – including the world’s first grid-connected tidal array – are outlined in a report published yesterday by the UK Marine Energy Council and Scottish Renewables. The report also sets out an economic blueprint for the sectors, which remain “effectively locked out of the UK energy market”. “However, despite our world lead in these technologies, both tidal stream and wave power are effectively locked out of the UK energy market by a system which means they must compete with proven technologies, such as fixed offshore wind, which have achieved significant cost reductions having been granted a market mechanism by government.
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