In the latest phase of the Technological Innovations and Climate Change inquiry, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) will consider the role of tidal energy in the UK’s low-carbon energy mix. As the country with the largest marine renewable resources in Europe, and the second highest tidal range in the world, there is significant potential for tidal power generation in the UK. Tidal schemes could also offer a predictable and reliable energy source, providing benefits over other sources of renewable generation such as wind or solar. However, the technology is at the early stages of development so has not been rolled out despite 80% of the UK public supporting tidal and wave deployment. The Government has undertaken numerous reviews into the potential for tidal range. When examining the possibility of a tidal lagoon fleet in 2017, the Government stated the tidal capital cost per unit of annual power output is higher than other energy sources. The EAC will be examining these issues and more, considering whether tidal power could play a role in the UK’s commitment to be net-zero by 2050.
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