Those who thought the appointment of Charles Hendry, the former energy minister, to review tidal lagoons was to hoof a difficult issue deep into the long grass will have been surprised at his conclusions. For the Hendry Review is a battle cry to action. It urges the government to give the green light for a tidal lagoon at Swansea as a first step towards the UK becoming the leader in a new global industry. The UK can, the report noted, be the first movers in a new technology well suited to the violent tides on our western coastline – that or we can allow others to lead. But can we afford tidal lagoons? The review was clear that the government should not underwrite construction but instead pay a subsidy on the energy generated, as with nuclear power.
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