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Landscape & wildlife Please note - A new body, Natural Resources Wales has taken over all functions and services previously carried out by Countryside Council for Wales. While the Natural Resources Wales website continues to be developed, some online services will continue to be provided on this web site.

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 targets.

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.


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