The potential for tidal power from the Severn Estuary to provide low-carbon, renewable electricity was highlighted yesterday by Energy Secretary, John Hutton, with the publication of the terms of reference for the Government's feasibility study.

The feasibility study will look at tidal barrages and lagoons and will analyse the potential environmental, social and economic impacts of the possible projects.

The study, which will include a Strategic Environmental Assessment, is expected to last roughly 2 years and is due to conclude with a full public consultation in early 2010.

The work will be done by a cross-Government team, also involving the Welsh Assembly Government and the South West Regional Development Agency, bringing together expertise from a number of organisations and engaging stakeholders and the public at large.


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