The UK’s target is to generate 30% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and providing greater energy security.
The challenge is to reduce the cost of these technologies to make them commercially attractive. This is why it is important to have sites where wave, tidal and offshore wind devices can be tested in real conditions.
And there could be big economic benefits. If the UK can maintain its leading position in the marine energy sector it could be worth £70 billion to the UK economy by 2050 and create tens of thousands of jobs.
In South West England, it is estimated that marine energy has the potential to generate almost 6,000 jobs by 2035, according to the Offshore Renewables Resource and Development report.
For further information visit Renewable UK’s website.
The marine sector is making progress, but there is much more still to do. Large manufacturers, the innovative developers and the utility investors need to get behind our first commercial arrays and together we can get the marine sector moving