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ECA Urges Government to Prioritise Wales’ Tidal Lagoons

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Proposals to build a series of tidal lagoons in Wales have been firmly backed by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) in a submission to the Treasury and National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) ‘call for ideas’ consultation.

Within the submission, the trade body outlined the many benefits of this emerging renewable energy sector, noting that tidal lagoons offer an ‘entirely predictable’ source of clean energy, which could ‘help the country face the considerable challenge of maintaining its energy capacity and energy security.’

Building an initial six tidal lagoons would make a major contribution to the UK’s energy infrastructure requirements, meeting some 8 per cent of current UK electricity demand. The lagoons will also help the UK meet its major carbon reduction obligations.

ECA President and Wales spokesperson Dave Kieft said:

“With the Severn Estuary holding the second highest tidal range in the world – we have the opportunity to build a world-leading tidal renewables sector in South Wales.

“In addition, bringing large-scale, no carbon energy projects such as the tidal lagoons to Wales will attract other inward investment, create jobs and showcase the innovation the country has to offer.”

In 2014, the ECA hosted over 80 representatives from the electrical and building services industry near the planned location of the Swansea tidal lagoon. Representatives from attending SMEs emphasised the opportunities that the new clean energy source could bring to the industry.

Last month the Treasury and the National Infrastructure Commission launched the call for ideas for the NIC’s future specific studies. The Chancellor is expected to announce the chosen study topic(s) for the NIC later this year.