Tidal power review kicks Swansea Lagoon into long grass

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have hit out at a UK Government decision to review tidal power, saying that the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon can’t wait for the outcome of such a review.

This follows Prime Minister David Cameron recently telling a committee of MPs that his "enthusiasm" towards the scheme had been "reduced" by concerns over the electricity strike price.

The building of a £1bn tidal energy lagoon in Swansea Bay has been delayed by around a year as negotiations over the level of UK government funding for the project continue.

Former Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary Ed Davey gave the initial go-ahead for 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 keynote speech on energy infrastructure.

Peter Black AM, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, said:

"This is typical of the Tories’ attitude towards renewable energy. Left to their own devices without Liberal Democrats in Government, they’re doing all they can to kick any attempt to grow a new green economy in Wales into the long grass.

"The Lib Dems gave the Swansea Lagoon our full backing, but the Tories have made it absolutely clear they aren’t interested in protecting our environment and creating thousands of local green jobs."


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