Marine renewable energy
Marine renewable energy is the power harnessed
from the wind, waves and tide.
Marine renewable energy is the power harnessed from the wind,
waves and tide. Over the last 5 years this has been a rapidly
developing area and it is likely to continue to be so for the
future. Both the UK and Welsh Governments have set ambitious
targets for the amount of electricity to be produced from renewable
energy sources and play its part in cutting greenhouse gases.
Marine renewables are expected to contribute significantly to these
We are fortunate in Wales to have a large resource suitable for
all types of marine renewables – wind, wave, tidal and barrage.
This resource has been mapped in the UK Marine Renewable Energy
Atlas under a project funded by the Department for Business,
Enterprise and Regulatory Reform highlighting the potential areas
for capturing this in Wales.
At CCW we are committed to the production of green energy at sea
as long as developments respect the scenic beauty and wildlife
importance of our seas and coasts. We have a key role to play in
providing advice both to the Welsh Assembly and UK Governments on
the development and sitting of offshore marine renewable energy
developments and their potential impacts on the marine wildlife,
habitats, and seascapes and landscapes of Wales. In addition we
work closely with others, including the marine renewable energy
developers and key stakeholders in the maritime environment to
ensure that Wales’ coasts and seas have the appropriate management
frameworks and policies in place to secure their future.