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Severn tidal generator study goes ahead

Parsons Brinckerhoff has been appointed to carry out a feasability study for a tidal energy generator in the Severn Estuary on behalf of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

The American firm will manage the Strategic Environmental Assessment team providing analysis of how the environment around the estuary will be affected if the project goes ahead.

Secretary of state for energy John Hutton said: “A Severn tidal power project could be larger in size, output and cost than any other energy project in this country.

"It has the potential to generate up to 5 per cent of the UK's electricity demand and contribute significantly to the proposed EU renewable energy targets.”