A proposed shortlist of schemes to harness renewable energy from the tides of the Severn estuary has been announced by the UK Government. Five projects have been selected from 10 examined over the last six months.
Among these is a 10-mile barrage proposal from Lavernock Point, Vale of Glamorgan, to Somerset, which has come under fire from environmental groups. Two other barrage schemes and two lagoons, which section off the estuary but do not dam it, are also considered.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband also announced £500,000 of new funding to further develop newer technologies such as tidal reefs and fences, which featured in the original 10 proposals.
The progress of the technologies would be considered before any decisions were taken on whether to go ahead with a Severn tidal power scheme.
Just to confuse matters a three-month public consultation on all ten projects and the proposed short-list begins from Monday.
The two-year multi-million pound feasibility study by the Government aims to assess the costs, benefits and impacts of a tidal scheme in the Severn and identify a single preferred project from the options that have been proposed.
If you wish to see in detail more about the consultation by BERR, the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform see this pdf, Severn tidal power Q&A.