The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA), the UK’s largest renewable energy association, will begin to champion the emerging wave and tidal power sector. The Association launched the initiative at its joint national conference with Regen SW on wave and tidal power in Bristol last week.London, England – February 19, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] With over 300 company members, many of whom have strong interests in marine renewables, the Association has now pledged its support to help the commercialization of this set of technologies that BWEA says will be critical in the battle to counter climate change. “While wind energy has entered the phase of delivery, wave and tidal power are in the phase of proof,” Marcus Rand, CEO of BWEA said. “I sincerely hope that with our twenty five years of experience and strong membership base, combined with our knowledge and commitment, we can play our part in fast tracking the commercialization of these exciting new technologies. The UK has some of the best brains in the best companies working in this area but we will also need the best commercial and political commitment to really make it happen.” The Association has been supported in its new initiative by Greenpeace UK who have part-funded a dedicated full-time member of staff to help the BWEA drive forward its work in this area. The UK has the best wave and tidal resources in Europe, an asset that has the potential to provide a considerable percentage of power for the domestic market, said BWEA. This natural abundant resource is coupled with a strong history of innovation that has produced some of the leading marine energy companies and devices in the world today, said the organization. There is wide agreement that marine renewable technology is in the position that wind power was several years ago, and that it is likely to experience the same rapid growth over the next few years, said BWEA. This expansion of BWEA’s remit will establish the platform which will allow industry players to share experiences and learn from the lessons of the wind sector and its move offshore.