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Swansea Tidal Lagoon to Make Wales a Renewable Energy Leader

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The Swansea Tidal Lagoon project continues to be the focus for Welsh Government this week as organisers write a letter to Theresa May.

Wanting the Prime Minister to back the £1.3bn energy project, the cross-party letter urges May to support plans and assist Wales in becoming a renewable energy leader.

The letter has already been signed by two thirds of assembly members, saying the scheme would make a “strong contribution” to energy supplies.

Tidal LagoonStill requiring a marine licence, the developers need to sign off on how much subsidy it would receive for the energy it generates, wanting to move forward with construction as soon as possible.

With plans to create energy 14  hours out of each day, Wales’ aim is to encourage more councils and organisations to invest in harnessing power from the ebb and flow of the tides.

But, what impact will this have on the consumer? Review author, former UK energy minister Charles Hendry, says the lagoon would add and extra 30p per year to the energy costs of each UK household. Eager to produce a large network of lagoons across the coast, Wales want to create something remarkable, evolving  into a pioneer in renewable energy.

The letter to Theresa May has now been signed by 43 of the 60 AMs. These include Labour’s Huw Irranca-Davies, Plaid Cymru’s Simon Thomas, Conservative Russell George and UKIP’s Mark Reckless.

It says:

“Our collective interest as politicians is in a brighter future for Wales and though we may not always agree on how to get there, we are wholly united on this matter.

“We offer you our clear support for a positive decision at the earliest opportunity for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon to proceed, and to be the pathfinder for future success for Wales and the UK as a global leader in tidal lagoon technology and renewable energy.”