Tidal energy: it’s a much discussed, yet significantly underappreciated subject, despite the fact these projects could deliver huge benefits to society, delivering no-carbon power by tapping into the only constant, everlasting renewable our planet has. Unfortunately, the UK’s tidal power potential remains untapped, and it baffles me why this remains the case, given we enjoy high tidal ranges in the Severn Estuary, the Dee Estuary and the Bristol Channel. This makes our waters ideal for this type of energy generation. As demand for electricity increases and we strive towards Net Zero 2050, we will need to think more seriously about where our power comes from. Current renewable output is not enough to satisfy the public and businesses’ growing appetite for energy.
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