Green light for tidal plans

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


PLANS to site tidal energy turbines off the Isle of Wight have been given approval by the Crown Estate.

The Isle of Wight Council plans to place prototype and pre-commercial tidal turbines on the seabed near St Catherine's, and said the deal was a major step towards creating a Solent Ocean Energy Centre (SOEC).

The council has agreed a 20 year lease with the Crown Estate, which it hopes will help attract private investment for the plans that have already attracted international interest.

The Isle of Wight Council has committed £1m to the project, in addition to securing £700,000 of European funding.

It is hoped it would become a test facility capable of generating 20MW — enough to power 8,000MW — as well as creating or safeguarding about 200 jobs on the Isle of Wight over it's lifetime.

George Brown, Isle of Wight Council cabinet member for the economy, said: "We have for some time felt that the opportunities presented by the Island's tides have not been taken full account of in the UK's energy planning and have worked hard to raise the profile of these possibilities within the renewable energy sector.

"The agreement with The Crown Estate represents a major advance in our plans. We are delighted that our project has in effect been supported by The Crown Estate.

"With this agreement in place we can drive the project forward on two fronts – firstly providing the necessary infrastructure for pioneering tidal energy companies and then working to attract those pioneers and their investment to SOEC and the Island.

"There is very firm private sector interest in the project and we are very excited about the prospects for the green agenda and the local economy."


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by Don Prescott

14th November 2012, at 18:50:28

As if on cue, SSE, Mr. Greens "Partners" in his "Community Energy" pyramid have just appeared on ITV News announcing a rise in profits of 38% just one month after putting up electricity prices by 9%.

Anyone who signs up for this "Community Energy" malarkey, needs a check up from the neck up.

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by Don Prescott

14th November 2012, at 15:21:04

@tony white
"Good heavens, no photo of rayban green and his merry crew, must be a mistake"

He will probably get his photo in the CP this Friday, along with a free 6 page pull-out extolling the virtues of "Community Energy", so he can get the £tenners rolling in from his pals at Scottish? and Southern? Electric.

Gotta pay for the round-the-world-tour somehow!
Certainly gives a new meaning to "Green Air Miles" dunnit?

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by Kevin Barclay-Jay

14th November 2012, at 14:28:53

Its a non story of ifs and maybes...Alll this awful council has done is lease an area of sea off of St.Catherines formerly used for dredging licensed by Crown estates...there is no deal in place with any tidal energy contractors or developers and Tidal energy is just not at the level of development where anybody is going to get involved without massive subsidies ( just cut by the government). we now lease for £1million pound, a bit of sea. And with this council great record of getting European funding (i.e. Nil) don't be holding your breath

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by John Martin

14th November 2012, at 14:17:14

Stephen Elliott. How do you know that?

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by tony white

14th November 2012, at 13:26:10

Good heavens, no photo of rayban green and his merry crew, must be a mistake

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by Don Prescott

14th November 2012, at 13:06:21

"CP Reporter" wrote 'It is hoped it would become a test facility capable of generating 20MW — enough to power 8,000MW '.

Is there no editor at the CP?

"Capable of generating 20Mw" "enough to power 8,000Mw".
Wow! That is some feat of physics and no mistake.

I suggest an edit which reads ".20MW - enough to power 8,000 HOMES!"
then it might make sense.

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by Mike Crowe

14th November 2012, at 10:40:08

And when they build the bridge, turbines can be incorporated into the supports

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by Dan Wavell

14th November 2012, at 09:27:17

This sounds entirely positive and sensible?! Which leaves me a bit confused, perhaps we've just witnessed the one good council decision of 2012...took a while to get there, try to get the 2013 good decision done a bit earlier in the year please :)

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by Stephen Elliott

14th November 2012, at 08:52:11

Well done, tidal is the future.

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