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MPs on the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee say the Hafren Power scheme for a tidal barrage across the river Severn has failed to demonstrate economic, environmental and public acceptability.

The Energy Bill has completed its passage through the House of Commons with 396 votes in favour versus 8 against.

Global engineering giant Alstom is planning to design and construct the generators for the £650 million proposed Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project – the group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tidal Lagoon Power Limited, the company behind the scheme.

 

Greenhouse gases fell by 3.3 % in the EU in 2011, leading to the lowest level of emissions in reports going back to 1990.

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey has challenged Europe to set their emissions reduction target to 50% by 2030 on 1990 levels as part of an ambitious global deal to tackle climate change in 2015 - but rejected the idea of a binding EU Renewables target.

The Crown Estate has announced plans to lease further wave and tidal sites in a bid to encourage and accelerate technology development.

Geotechnical investigation work for the proposed tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay is about to begin as Tidal Lagoon Power Plc starts the process of determining seabed conditions in the area.

The Green Investment Bank (GIB) has revealed that it has committed funds to 11 transactions with a total value of £2.3 billion and direct investment of £635 million, in the first five months of being operational.

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 08:10

£30m Scottish hydro scheme approved

SSE will begin construction on the £30 million 7.5MW Glasa hydro scheme near Ardross in Ross-shire later this year, it has confirmed.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a €55 million (£46.5m) loan to Nepal to finance the construction and operation of the Tanahu hydropower plant.

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