County Council hails Hendry review as “Another step forward”

Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council has welcomed the findings in the Hendry review on tidal power as “a significant step forward.”

Charles Hendry’s independent report into the technology’s viability said it would make a “strong contribution” to the UK’s energy supply.

Hendry said it was cost effective and would bring “significant economic opportunity”.

The UK government still needs to agree on a deal and a marine licence would also need to be approved.

There are hopes of developing a network of larger lagoons around the UK.

coast, harnessing power from the ebb and flow of the sea’s tides.

Councillor David Hall, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business and Inward Investment, said: “A key part of our vision for Somerset is to be at the heart of discussions about solar power and tidal lagoons to make sure Somerset is in the vanguard of developments.

“This review is extremely positive and is another step forward to delivering our decarbonisation commitments.”

The report concludes “that tidal lagoons can play a cost effective role in the UK’s energy mix and there is considerable value in a small (less than 500 MW) pathfinder project. I conclude that tidal lagoons would help deliver security of supply; they would assist in delivering decarbonisation commitments; and they would bring real and substantial opportunities for the UK supply chain.”