World leading marine energy development goes ahead

World leading marine energy development goes ahead

  • Development round promises to deliver 1.2GW of wave and tidal energy, sufficient to power close to 800,000 homes
  • The Crown Estate lease awards ‘exceed expectations’
  • RenewableUK ‘The Next Steps for Marine Energy Report’ published today: “The industry is ready”

    RenewableUK, the country’s leading renewable energy trade association, said today that the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Strategic Area leasing round was an overwhelming success, which demonstrated the enormous potential of the UK’s marine energy resource and the wave and tidal energy sector. The Crown Estate awarded an unprecedented 1.2GW of wave and tidal energy project leases consisting of six wave energy projects totalling 600MW and four tidal projects amounting to 600MW.

    The sites were awarded to a number of utilities and advanced technology developers including Marine Current Turbines, Pelamis Wave Power, SSE Renewables Developments – joining forces with Aquamarine and Open Hydro, Scottish Power Renewables and EON.

    Oliver Wragg, RenewableUK Wave and Tidal Development Manager, said: “The leasing round has exceeded all expectations by awarding 1.2 gigawatts (GW) of project leases, considerably up from the originally scheduled 700 megawatts (MW). This clearly demonstrates that the industry has now reached a stage where it is ready to deliver.

    In order to facilitate the transition from research and development to scaling up and delivery, and in response to the Government’s Marine Energy Action Plan, RenewableUK has produced a key document published today “The Next Steps for Marine Energy.”

    The document recommends that the government commits a minimum of £220 million in capital support for technology development over the next five years, with the aim of powering 1.4 million homes with marine energy by 2020, and producing an annual sector turnover of £900 million by 2030.

    Peter Madigan, RenewableUK Head of Offshore Renewables, said: “RenewableUK’s report demonstrates that by investing now the Government can generate jobs and income in the long term. We have a once in a generation opportunity to build a world leading industry which will help ensure we meet our carbon reduction targets and deliver economic benefits. The industry is ready and the Government must act now.”

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