A CALL has been made for a fresh approach by the UK Government to encourage tidal energy projects such as MeyGen in the Pentland Firth. Otherwise they may not get beyond the prototype stage, according to Bill Mowat, Gills Harbour Ltd’s director for marine renewables. He backs the move by 90 MPs, including Jamie Stone, urging the UK energy minister Claire Perry to reform the way public money is allocated to such schemes. They would prefer tax incentives rather than consumer-funded subsidies to help the industry. Mr Mowat fears that without changes tidal stream energy could fail to get beyond the prototype stage, as happened in Caithness before with fast reactor technology at Dounreay. “I agree 100 per cent with the MPs that a fresh approach to encouraging tidal stream technologies is necessary and the forthcoming Energy White Paper is the right place to start,” he said.
John O Groat Journal 16th May 2019 read more »