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Planning granted for world's first tidal lagoon power plant

Plans for the world’s first tidal lagoon power plant at Swansea Bay have been given the go-ahead.

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Environmental campaigners back tidal lagoon decision

Environmental campaigners have backed plans to build a £1 billion tidal lagoon in Swansea after it was announced the UK Government granted the scheme planning permission.

Environmental campaigners say the lagoon could 'build a clean and safer energy future.' Credit: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon PLC

Tidal power could further revolutionise Wales’ energy mix - instead of relying on climate-wrecking fossil fuels, it could help us build a clean and safer energy future.

There are still a few environmental hurdles to clear - such as the source of the rock to be used - but provided these concerns can be managed and mitigated, tidal lagoons could make a significant contribution to a 100% renewably-powered UK.

Investment in the huge potential of tidal power is an exciting step forward, but the Government must also make the most of the proven renewable sources we already have, such as offshore wind and solar, where costs are falling rapidly.

– Gareth Clubb, Director of Friends of the Earth Cymru
Credit: Tidal Lagoon (Swansea Bay) Plc

RenewableUK Cymru says the decision from DECC brings Wales one step closer to a 'bold new renewable era'.

It says, although the proposed lagoon in Swansea Bay is relatively modest in size compared to the mothballed Severn Barrage, it is a first-of-kind development which promises huge potential benefits to the local workforce and to the expertise of engineers from Wales and beyond.

The not for profit renewable energy trade association says it also offers the prospect of more than a century of near-zero carbon electricity, improved tourism and leisure facilities, and upgraded infrastructure in the region to support and take advantage of the development.

This is a huge step forward for an iconic development that will be the envy of coastal areas across the world. I would like to pay tribute to the staff at Tidal Lagoon Power who have worked incredibly hard to get the project to this stage, and wish them the very best with the final financial and regulatory hurdles.

– David Clubb, Director of RenewableUK Cymru

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