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Report published on 10 June 2013
In October 2010, the Government published the findings of a feasibility study into Severn tidal power. It looked at five different schemes, including three barrages and two lagoons. One of the schemes investigated was the Cardiff-Weston barrage – this was the largest scheme to be considered. The study concluded that despite its high capital costs (approximately £34 billion), this scheme offered the best value for money. The Government concluded that there was not a strategic case for public investment in tidal energy schemes at that time, but did not preclude a privately financed scheme coming forward.
Recent reports suggest that private financing for this scheme may now be available but only if support is available via the proposed Contracts for Difference mechanism.
The Energy and Climate Change Committee to publish Government Response on Wednesday 18 September.
Energy and Climate Change Committee publish findings on Monday 10 June
ECC Committee to publish report on Severn Barrage findings
Energy and Climate Change Committee hears evidence on Thursday 28 February 2013
Energy and Climate Change Committee hears evidence on Wednesday 30 January
Committee to hear evidence on Thursday 10 January 2013
The Committee asks for responses by Friday 30 November 2012
Volume II: Additional Written Evidence
Volume I: Report, together with formal
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