Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Energy Possibility from the Severn Gets Closer

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Energy Possibility from the Severn Gets Closer

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THE possibility of a 10-mile barrage across the Severn to generate significant amounts of "green" electricity came a step closer last night after it was included on a shortlist of tidal schemes published by the Government.

The proposed shortlist for harnessing tidal power in the estuary also included two schemes for innovative tidal "lagoons" on the English and Welsh coasts and two smaller barrages.

Amid criticism that a barrage could be damaging to wildlife and the local economy, Energy and Climate Change Minister Ed Miliband insisted he had not 'lost sight' of other technology which had been on a list of 10 schemes under consideration.

These include a 12-mile tidal reef and tidal fences which would not dam the estuary like a barrage, causing less impact on its world-renowned habitat.

Mr Miliband announced pounds 500,000 of funding to develop new technology such as reefs to harness the energy of the tides.

And he said progress on those technologies would be considered before any final decisions on a tidal power scheme for the Severn estuary were made. …

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