Government still won’t open coffers for Severn barrage

The Government still won’t open the public coffers to help finance a tidal power scheme across the River Severn (pictured), it confirmed yesterday. The comments are likely to be another knock for a £25billion Severn Barrage proposed by Hafren Power. In its response to a report on the project brought out by parliament’s energy watchdog […]

MPs ‘not convinced’ by £25bn Severn Barrage plans

MPs today said they are “not convinced” of the economic case for a huge tidal scheme which would span the Severn estuary. A report by the MPs on Parliament’s energy watchdog found the scheme has failed to show a strong case both economically, environmentally and in terms of public acceptability. The report is likely to […]

Shelved Severn Barrage back on the cards?

David Cameron has asked officials to look at the possibility of reviving plans for a hydropower project across the estuary of the Severn, Britain’s longest river. Number 10 is said to be considering the Severn Barrage project again, which was originally shelved in 2010 after potential costs of £20-30million on top of environmental concerns forced […]

Potential for magnificent Severn renewables is being wasted says Plaid

Plaid Cymru has welcomed this week’s decision to scrap the Severn Barrage but has slammed the government for a “failure to invest in other renewable energies in the Severn Estuary”. Elfyn Llwyd, one of the party’s three MPs in Westminster, said yesterday: “The Severn Barrage was always an expensive ‘silver bullet’ pushed by the Labour […]