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Isle of Wight tidal energy centre approved

Words: Huw Morris
Isle of Wight

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has approved an application for a state-of-the-art tidal energy development off the Isle of Wight coast.

The Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre (PTEC) received the green light to build and operate the tidal energy generation scheme around 2km offshore from St Catherine’s Point.

The development may export energy generated into the electricity network via an onshore substation.

Under the Electricity Act 1989 and Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, the MMO approved marine works relating to the development of the centre, including the deployment of tidal energy converters and cables.

It also agreed the development may generate and export up to 30MW of electricity under the Electricity Act.

The MMO considered concerns about the visual impact of the development, with the applicant reducing the proposed height of superstructures for the TECs from 18 metres to nine metres above lowest astronomical tide.

The application was originally made in late 2014. Since then the MMO has been working with interested parties to tackle concerns about the project, including resolving possible risks to navigation and recreational boating.

Onshore aspects of the development were approved in June 2015 by the Isle of Wight Council as the relevant planning authority.

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