The South West has today been named as the UK’s first Marine Energy Park placing the South West at the forefront of marine renewable energy. The Marine Energy Park has been developed in close in co-operation with local MPs and delivers on a Conservative manifesto pledge first announced by David Cameron when Leader of the Opposition on a visit to Cornwall in 2009.
The South West Marine Energy Park will stretch from Bristol through to Cornwall. It will bring together in partnership local government, Local Enterprise Partnerships, the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter and industry including Cornwall’s Wave Hub. The aim of the partnership will be to speed up the progress of marine power development.
Generating energy from waves has the potential for up to 27GW of power in the UK alone by 2050, this is equivalent to more than 8 coal-fired power stations’. Helping to reduce emissions and fight climate change.
Climate Change Minister Greg Barker made the announcement on a visit to Bristol where he met with key members of the project.
Greg Barker said: “This is a real milestone for the marine industry and for the South West region in securing its place in renewables history as the first official marine energy park. The South West can build on its existing unique mix of renewable energy resource and home-grown academic, technical and industrial expertise.
“Marine power has huge potential in the UK not just in contributing to a greener electricity supply and cutting emissions, but in supporting thousands of jobs in a sector worth a possible £15bn to the economy to 2050.
“The UK is already a world leader in wave and tidal power and should capitalise on this leadership to bring marine power closer to being a real contender in the future energy market.”