13 May 2009

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Severn Estuary Barrage - a good idea?

The Severn Estuary is the second highest tidal range in the world.

The idea of generating electricity from this huge, dependable source of energy was first looked at in detail in the 1970s and '80s.

There is renewed government interest in this potential resource today in order to provide a clean and secure source of electricity that will help government reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet our obligations to increase our renewable energy production.

Public consultation

The Government has run a public consultation on the Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study and a shortlist of five projects.

We have responded to the consultation and you can read our summary and full response here: