Government looks to support marine renewables

The government has launched an open consultation, seeking views on the potential of marine energy – including floating offshore wind, wave and tidal – in Britain.

On 28 August, BEIS published a call for evidence, seeking to examine how the UK can build back greener through marine renewable projects across the country. Views are invited from developers, along with other interested parties, on areas such as how projects could be funded, how costs could be reduced, how environmental impacts can best be handled, and how supply chains could benefit in the nations and regions of the UK.

It outlined how marine technologies could benefit every part of the UK, citing examples such as tidal stream projects being suitable for the Highlands and Islands and North Wales, while floating offshore wind could be ideally suited for deeper waters off the coast of Scotland, Wales and South West England. The call for evidence follows the recent consultation on the fourth round of the successful Contracts for Difference auction, with this new consultation seeking to build on that work and provide the government with evidence to base its decisions on future support for marine renewables.

The consultation will close at 11:45PM on 30 September 2020.