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Yet, the gov. will use that money for something, why not subsidise the population having the ability to generate some of their electricity?
What happened to wave energy?
The tidal energy resource in the Severn Estuary provides the largest potential of all the UK’s estuaries for renewable electricity generation. Previous studies indicate that up to 5% of the UK’s electricity demand could be met by harnessing the tidal energy that exists within the estuary.At the time of the last Energy Review the Government commissioned the Sustainable Development Commission, the Government's independent advisory body on sustainable development, to carry out a major study looking at the issues arising on tidal power, with a particular focus on the Severn estuary. Further details of the study ‘Tidal Power in the UK’ and the SDC’s final report, when published, can be found at www.sd-commission.org.uk/pages/tidal.htmlThe Energy White Paper published in May 2007 recognised the potential contribution that tidal power could make towards meeting our long-term energy challenges of tackling climate change and ensuring security of supply.BERR will now undertake further studies that will look at the feasibility of a tidal power scheme in the Severn. Working closely with a number of other Government Departments including the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, it will consider in greater depth the many important issues e.g. social, environmental and economic impacts, both national and regional, that are raised by any such development.The Severn Estuary is of National, European and International nature conservation significance and the work will look carefully at what could be done, with commitment and imagination, to mitigate damaging effects on the rare and protected environment of the Severn estuary and deliver a balanced and acceptable package that is positive for the environment as a whole. The estuary was recently notified to the European Commission as a candidate Special Area of Conservation (SAC) www.defra.gov.uk/news/2007/070831b.htmlThe study will also include engagement with the people and organisations that would be affected by any development.