The Conservative UK Government must give its full backing to the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and allay fears about its future, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have said today.
Prime Minister David Cameron told a committee of MPs yesterday that his "enthusiasm" towards the scheme had been "reduced" by concerns over the electricity strike price.
Former Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary Ed Davey gave the initial go-ahead to the scheme. Since the Conservatives gained majority control in Westminster, enthusiasm has cooled towards the project, with new Energy Secretary Amber Rudd completely omitting the scheme from a recent key speech on energy infrastructure.
Peter Black AM, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, said:
"The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon will bring undoubted benefits to our area and Wales as a whole, not just in terms of green energy but by creating thousands of new green jobs. If we’re going to increase our renewable energy generation, we must invest in these new technologies.
"Biting the bullet now with a comparably high strike price will ensure the price is lower when tidal lagoons become a reality in Cardiff, Newport, Colwyn Bay and across the British Isles, and will certainly lead to cheaper energy than continuing to rely on depleting fossil fuels.
"Conservative Ministers in Westminster need to stop playing games with the future of the tidal lagoon and back this exciting renewable energy technology, for the sake of thousands of local jobs and for our environment."