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Ministerial Policy Statement on Marine Energy in Wales

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We have published a Ministerial Policy Statement on Marine Energy in Wales.

It proposes how Wales can start to maximise the tremendous marine energy resource from around its coasts with the minimum of local environmental impact.

Finding ways of tapping into the power of the oceans is vital if we are to make the move to a low carbon economy. This can be through wave-energy devices, tidal-stream turbines or turbines fitted within barrages, lagoons or other structures in the sea, to capture tidal movements.

Wales has:

  • over 1,200 kilometres of coastline; 
  • extensive port facilities; 
  • a strong manufacturing and energy sector tradition; and 
  • a Government which is determined to enable the maximum amount of renewable energy production within a sustainable development context.  

Our Ministerial Policy Statement on Marine Energy in Wales proposes how we can maximise the marine energy resource from around our coasts with the minimum of local environmental impact. The Statement suggests a range of initial actions for key stakeholders which will put us on the path to 2025 when significant amounts of low carbon electricity might practically be produced from our seas.

Low carbon electricity is the generation of electricity that produces little or no carbon emissions.