Tidal

While China declares itself as a world leader in wind energy, India is also trying to make its claim in the global renewable energy sector, and it is one step closer with the announcement that it plans to build Asia’s first commercial tidal power plant.

The state government of Gujarat has signed preliminary agreement with Britain’s Atlantis Resources corporation to build a 250 MW tidal power plant in the Gulf of Kutch along the country’s western coast.

Kiran Stacey

When Chris Huhne, the UK energy secretary, announced last month that he was cancelling public funding for the Severn barrage – the massive tidal power project which was due to provide around 5 per cent of the UK’s electricity needs – it initially looked like the project was dead in the water.

But the government had left itself some wriggle room. As Sylvia Pfeifer reported at the time (italics mine):

Mr Huhne also confirmed there would be no state funding for the Severn tidal power project, saying the government did not see “a strategic case at this time for public funding”.

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