TURNING THE TIDE ON EXPENSIVE ELECTRICITY; A PS1bn Tidal Lagoon off the South Wales Coast Could Supply Cheap, Renewable Energy to Hundreds of Thousands of Homes in the City

South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales), December 27, 2012 | Go to article overview

TURNING THE TIDE ON EXPENSIVE ELECTRICITY; A PS1bn Tidal Lagoon off the South Wales Coast Could Supply Cheap, Renewable Energy to Hundreds of Thousands of Homes in the City


Byline: Peter Law Chief Reporter peter.law@walesonline.co.uk

A PS1BN tidal lagoon off the Cardiff coast could supply cheap power to hundreds of thousands of homes in the capital, if early plans progress.

Cardiff council has met with a renewable energy company planning to pioneer an electricity-generating PS550m tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay.

In that scheme, the turbines would generate enough electricity 16 hours a day from ebb and flood tides to power 107,000 homes - equivalent to Swansea's annual domestic electricity use.

Cardiff councillor Ashley Govier, cabinet member for environment, said the potential off the coast of the capital was even greater and he was keen for its feasibility to be explored.

It is understood the scheme could be double the size of Swansea's tidal lagoon and stretch from Cardiff Bay Barrage towards Newport.

The idea could take a step forward in the New Year if, as expected, the Cardiff coastline is included in the next round of licensing by the Crown Estate.

Councillor Govier said: "We are coming to the point where we really need to focus on our sustainable energy in Cardiff, not just because of the prices but because the UK Government is encouraging cities to expand the (power) grid.

"I've tasked officers with finding out what is out there and what is achievable - it's about ensuring the future of Cardiff.

"In the Severn, we have got the second highest tidal range in the world and there is enormous potential.

We are on the seafront so it's clearly something that we need to capitalise on."

Coun Govier said he was exploring renewable energy schemes that will reduce Cardiff's reliance on fossil fuels, and also help drive down energy prices through green tariffs.

"We must help the people of Cardiff with their energy prices," he said.

A tidal lagoon is a man-made sea wall structure impounding an area of water on the rise and fall of each tide.

In Swansea, it is proposed to build a 9.5km (five miles) long wall, which will essentially be in a semi-circular shape stretching out from the port.

Tidal Lagoon Power Limited confirmed the conversations with Cardiff council, but stressed formal talks had yet to begin and the concept was still in its early stages.

Mark Shorrock, the firm's chief executive, said: "We believe that tidal lagoons should form a significant part of our future energy mix and can help us achieve greater security of supply while reducing the cost of electricity to consumers.

"Our proposed project in Swansea will be a flagship for the UK and Wales, generating cost effective, predictable and fully renewable power from the tidal range in Welsh waters.

"We therefore welcome any support for the development of further tidal lagoons as part of Wales' energy mix."

Mr Shorrock said tidal lagoon developments provided a low risk, low cost renewable energy source. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

TURNING THE TIDE ON EXPENSIVE ELECTRICITY; A PS1bn Tidal Lagoon off the South Wales Coast Could Supply Cheap, Renewable Energy to Hundreds of Thousands of Homes in the City
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.