Ministers are expected to break their silence in the row over the £1.3bn Swansea tidal lagoon project following the parliamentary recess. The long-standing row over whether to back the renewable energy project reached crisis point in recent weeks under the scrutiny of a joint select committee inquiry. The ministers for business, energy and industrial strategy declined calls to appear before the MPs earlier this month to face questions over whether Tidal Lagoon Power’s plans should receive support via a levy on energy bills. However, a source close to the inquiry said ministers had agreed to appear following the parliamentary recess in mid-June, “because they’ll have plenty to say then”. “The implication is that they’ll have made a decision by then, and be happy to answer questions,” the source added. The Government is under pressure to speak out after a five-year political stalemate between Welsh MPs in favour of the project’s economy-boosting potential and those who balk at its costs of £150/MWh over 35 years.
Telegraph 28th May 2018 read more »