Plans for a Severn Barrage stretching between Wales and the Somerset coast to harness energy from the tide have been scrutinised by a Government Committee and found wanting.
The latest plans came from a consortium called Hafren Power who said its scheme would be capable of generating one fifth of the UK's energy requirements. The Government has concluded that the proposals as presented did not show they could deliver the benefit claimed. Hafren Power has said it knows it has a lot more work to do and will do it.
In the meantime Cardiff and Bristol councils are exploring the idea of tidal lagoon technology. Former Energy Minister Peter Hain, who supports the barrage bid, believes lagoons will waste the huge potential presented by the Estuary's tidal range. Sedgemoor is keeping a watching brief on developments.
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