PLANS to harness the force of the seas off Scotland to generate energy have been called into question again after a flagship tidal power scheme suffered a body blow although other renewables schemes are making progress. The UK government snubbed an application to provide support for the expansion of the MeyGen tidal development off northern Scotland casting the future of the project into doubt. Atlantis Resources was seeking support for a plan to install 49 turbines on the seabed of the Pentland Firth which it reckoned had the potential to transform the tidal energy industry. The company said the development would create 5,300 jobs, which would help compensate for the damage caused by the oil and gas downturn, and put Scotland at the forefront of a major global industry for decades. Last month Atlantis said the first two turbines installed on MeyGen had achieved a world record performance, generating enough power for 2,000 Scottish homes. However the Government decided the tidal energy that would be produced at the MeyGen extension would be too expensive. It rejected Atlantis’s application for funding in the latest auction under the Contract for Difference scheme.
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