Tidal power is still only at a small-scale development stage. Although Wales has some of the best potential locations in the UK, it is unlikely in the near term to provide substantial generation capacity.
In certain areas of Wales Tidal Energy is likely to be significant. It should provide long term, skilled employment, however, there can be concerns about impact on wildlife.
Tidal power is proven at scale in several place in the World but is not yet used anywhere in the UK. However, the Welsh coast has some excellent potential locations, with areas like the Seven Estuary having the 2nd highest tidal range in the World. Development has been hindered by high upfront costs and long development times, but the facilities once created should have extremely long lives.
CPRW, in principle, supports proposals for a Tidal Lagoon in Swansea / Port Talbot which could lead to the creation of multiple jobs in the development of the technology.
We welcome the recent announcement from the Welsh Government of a new fund to help tidal energy research