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The Severn Estuary holds the second highest tidal range in the world and within this Swansea Bay benefits from an average tidal range during spring tides of 8.5m. The construction of a tidal lagoon to harness this natural resource would help the UK transition a low carbon future with greater energy security and lower electricity costs, while providing regenerative economic and recreational benefits to the local community.
Our vision is to pioneer a large-scale source of indigenous, low carbon electricity that is both affordable and sustainable long-term. The proposal for a tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay establishes a scalable blueprint for our vision and delivers:
UK electricity demand is increasing while the generating capacity of our aging power infrastructure declines. The challenge created by these circumstances is enhanced by dwindling global fossil fuel reserves; by instability in many fossil fuel-producing regions; and by the need to decarbonise power generation in the face of the threat of climate change.
Finding viable alternatives to fossil fuels is essential and the UK has made legally-binding commitments to deliver 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. Currently, just 5% of our power is renewably sourced.
The UK must diversify and expand its renewable and indigenous sources of electricity. It needs large-scale solutions that can be connected quickly and deliver long-term, low-cost, reliable and predictable power to our communities. Tidal lagoons meet these criteria and are a vital part of our future energy mix.
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