Lagoon decision ‘massive blow’ for renewable energy in Wales

UK government pulls support for Swansea bay tidal lagoon - Friends of the Earth Cymru reaction

Responding to today’s (25 June 2018) decision by the UK government not to support the building of the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, Haf Elgar, director of Friends of the Earth Cymru, said:

“The UK government’s decision to pull the plug on its support for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon is a kick in the teeth for the region - and a massive blow for the development of Wales’ huge renewable energy potential.

“This is a short-sighted move. This scheme is a ground-breaking opportunity to create jobs and harness the power of the second largest tidal range in the world.

“Bold action is needed to tackle climate change – and this means investing in innovative new technologies, such as tidal lagoons.”

Last year,  an independent review by Charles Hendry came out in support of the lagoon, asserting that 'evidence is clear that tidal lagoons can play a cost effective role in the UK’s energy mix.'

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