businesses based on the Somerset levels and moors
should have a vested interest in renewable energy writes Neil Champken
of Somerset Cider Vinegar. Climate change, rising
sea levels and increased flooding will all eat into lowland Somerset
over the next couple of decades unless CO2 release is controlled.
Bristol Channel is undoubtedly a massive ‘green’ power
resource but the never ending shenanigans surrounding Hafren Power’s
barrage proposal have effectively stopped the development of other,
are problems with depth in the Channel – especially on spring
lows – but a smaller version of the array of tidal turbines
recently given the go-ahead in the Pentland Firth has to be a possibility.
There are also the old plans for tidal lagoons that run turbines
at low-water that are being ignored. The Channel would also have
to be a strong contender for a Scandinavian style salinated/freshwater
these technologies are not as invasive to the environment as the
barrage but at the moment all projects are on hold in the hope that
one day a bunch of businessmen will convince enough government ministers
over the number of billions they require to build the barrage.