UK tidal power could total 30TWh per year

4th July 2017

Tidal energy from UK and Crown Dependency waters could practically deliver 20-30 terawatt-hours per year, according to a Whitehall estimate. The theoretical figure is three times as much.

The figure, from a 2012 study, was given in a written reply to the Labour MP Roger Godsiff by the energy minister, Richard Harrington. It represents about a tenth of UK consumption.

In a reply to the SNP's Martyn Day, who asked what steps he planned to incentivise investment in tidal and wave power, the minister pointed out that such projects were eligible to compete for contracts for difference.


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