UK Focuses on Its Marine Renewable Energy Sector

The npower Juice Fund, developed through a partnership between npower and Greenpeace and generated from renewable energy sources, will provide funding for the British Wind Energy Association to study the future of emerging renewable technologies development, specifically wave and tidal power, around the UK.

It is hoped this project will advance the marine renewables sector from prototype deployment to commercial reality by examining technical resources, environmental and regulatory constraints, grid capacity, and financing requirements for the new industry. “This project will be vital in ensuring that we reach a consensus on the location requirements for marine renewables over the coming years whilst highlighting what measures will need to be put in place to bring projects towards commercial reality,” said Michael Hay, BWEA Marine Renewables development manager. BWEA, with more than 320 company memberships, expanded its mission in 2004 to champion the UK marine renewable sector. “It is important to us and to our Juice customers to encourage the development of new renewable technologies, such as wave and tidal power, to help in the fight against climate change,” said Wayne Cranstone of npower. npower renewables is a renewable energy developer and operator in the UK with 15 wind farms and 12 hydroelectric projects. npower Juice purchases enough electricity from renewable sources to match the Juice customers’ electricity consumption throughout each year. “The Government has set challenging targets for the development of renewable energy. Onshore wind farms, hydroelectric power stations and biomass projects will help us meet the short-term targets of supplying 10 percent of our electricity from renewable sources by 2010. We also need large scale offshore wind farms and marine technologies to be developed as quickly as possible in order to help meet long-term renewables targets,” Cranstone said.
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