A public planning inquiry will start next month as government appointed planners decide if one of the world’s largest tidal stream energy sites can be developed off the west coast of Anglesey. Expected to create over 100 jobs within a decade, the £35m Morlais scheme would see a development covering up to 35 sq km of seabed to generate as much as 240MW of electricity (180,000 households) via the power of the tides in the Irish Sea. Menter Môn, who are behind the project, secured permission from the Crown Estate to establish the “demonstration zone” while inviting bids from developers for a commercial lease.
North Wales Chronicle 6th Nov 2020 read more »
Plans to develop a tidal energy demonstration site off the coast of Holy Island, near Angelsey in Wales, have hit a roadblock after local residents launched a protest group to fight the plans. South Stack Heritage Group, which formed last month, says the £37m project to install a 240MW tidal energy testing site in the Welsh coastal waters will harm coastal species and habitats. They have won support from Springwatch presenter Michaela Strachan, who said on Twitter that the scheme “needs a rethink”. RSPB Cymru has also raised concerns about the plans. A petition against the development has gathered more than 4,000 signatures.
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