Progress on the 320-MW Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon hydroelectric project in Wales took a significant step forward yesterday with developer Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay PLC receiving planning consent from the United Kingdom’s Department of Energy & Climate Change.
The massive project, planned for Swansea Bay in Wales, would include a 6-mile-long sea wall that would generate power using rising and falling tides via turbines dotting its length.
Swansea Bay has been developing momentum over the past year, with the project accepted for consideration by the UK’s Planning Inspectorate last March when it qualified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) under the UK’s Planning Act of 2008.
“We need more clean and home-grown sources of energy, which will help to reduce our reliance on foreign fossil fuels,” said Lord Bourne, Energy & Climate Change and Wales Office Minister. “Low-carbon energy projects like the tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay could bring investment, support local jobs and help contribute to the Welsh economy and Swansea areas.”