Jessica Morden Jessica Morden - Labour MP for Newport East, Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and PPS to Keir Starmer
In Parliament this week I called on the UK Government to tap into the huge potential of tidal power in the River Severn.
In Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy questions I said “Given the Government rejected the opportunity to create new clean jobs when it scrapped the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, which would have had huge potential for communities along the Severn to kickstart further lagoons. Will the government look again at the huge potential of tidal power?”
In response, Parliamentary Under-Secretary Amanda Solloway MP said that the government had a commitment to ‘net-zero’ and a carbon-neutral future.
In Newport we see the dramatic rise and fall of the second highest tidal range in the world everyday – this amazing resource is on our doorstep and we are not using it. At a time when we desperately need zero-carbon, clean and secure energy – as well as energy sources which are predictable and year-round – it’s vital that the government looks to tidal power technology. Ministers can’t keep ignoring this opportunity.