Wednesday, September 23, 2009

River Mersey

A feasibility study looking at harnessing the tidal power of the Mersey has been launched by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and renewable energy developer Peel Energy today (September 22).

The NWDA said that the comprehensive study was intended to identify a single preferred tidal power scheme that delivered the maximum affordable energy, while taking into consideration its impact on the environment, shipping, business and the community, including options for mitigation or compensation.

Peel, in partnership with the NWDA and the Mersey Basin Campaign, recently completed a pre-feasibility study, "Power from the Mersey", to consider viability, technology and options.

After identifying a preferred scheme, the two bodies hope to submit a planning application by 2012, with completion of construction and operational commencement scheduled for 2020.



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