15M homes could be powered by wave and tidal power, creating some 16,000 jobs by 2050 according to the government’s Marine Action Plan, released today.
The document proposes writing a ‘road map’ to develop, plan and consent all types of Marine renewables - a National Policy Statement for renewables does not currently exist.
The document also proposes supporting marine technologies in the review of Renewables Obligations in the Autumn and looking at new forms of funding: “Subject to the budgets in the next public spending round,” and levering private finance.
Energy minister Lord Hunt launching the plan at Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland, home of the 1.2MW SeaGen turbine. “Harnessing the power of our seas will help us reduce our carbon emissions, provide clean, green, secure and reliable energy, create jobs and provide export opportunities.
“This Action Plan sets out our vision for what marine energy can do for the UK and what we need to do to make it happen. I look forward to working with industry and other partners to get the most out of our waters and build a new, world-leading energy generation sector in the UK,” he said.
The report also suggested establishing guidelines and best practice in the development of new technologies, and developing the UK marine energy supply chain.
Lord Hunt also announced the establishment of a Ministerial Task Force on Marine Energy, which will bring together key players to oversee future work on the Marine Energy Action Plan.