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Potential for tidal lagoon system to be discussed by North Devon Council

By NDJFran  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

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A tidal lagoon system which could be built in Swansea.

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THE possibility of building a tidal lagoon system in North Devon similar to that proposed in Swansea will be discussed by North Devon Council tonight.

Councillor Malcolm Wilkinson has put in a notice of motion requesting the council considers the environmental and economic regeneration opportunities that could be achieved through a tidal lagoon.

It comes after an offshore wind farm scheme called the Atlantic Array was thrown out by the developers who declared the project was not economically viable.

“I was part of the group that was against the Atlantic Array,” said councillor Wilkinson.

“The technology was inappropriate for the area and secondly I was against it because of the potential impact it would have had both visually and on tourism.”

Councillor Wilkinson said he read a piece in the Journal from Alan Rayner talking about the potential of tidal lagoons.

“He made some good points,” he said. “What we cannot do is close our eyes to the need for renewable energy. We need to look at sources that are suitable for our area and all I am saying is let’s open dialogue and debate on the suitability of a scheme like the one at Swansea.”

A note accompanying the notice of motion explains what a tidal lagoon is, describing it as a harbour-type structure closing off a tidal sea and incorporating hydro turbines through which the sea moves to generate electricity.

The note also included a comment from Nick Harvey, North Devon MP, who said: “Now is the time to look at the future of energy projects in the Bristol Channel.

“It was positive to hear MP’s on the Energy Select Committee recognise last year that a series of smaller scale tidal lagoons has the potential to provide a lower impact, longer-term option in the Severn Estuary.”

The notice of motion is due to be discussed at a full council meeting tonight.

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  • Dave2020  |  April 02 2014, 12:38PM

    It's a shame that everybody's heading up the wrong creek without a paddle. The Royal Academy of Engineering identified the best (the only) option in 2009. (The Minehead to Aberthaw Barrage) http://tinyurl.com/ofnjpg2 But it needs to be combined with (a new, improved Atlantic Array) wind/wave energy converters in the Bristol Channel, AND a Swansea Bay Barrier, so that they ALL share the same before-generator energy storage facilities. QED. (Ergo, a Bridgwater Bay Lagoon becomes superfluous) Cancel HS2 and build something useful with the money - that will still be generating carbon free electricity for your great, great, great, grandchildren. You know it makes sense.

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  • davirickson  |  April 02 2014, 9:34AM

    North Devon would benefit along with the rest of the world

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  • Stork  |  April 02 2014, 8:55AM

    Tidal Lagoons, just do it, ok.

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