Anglesey £70m tidal power project plans go forward  

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The BBC has an article on another tidal power project planned for the UK - Anglesey £70m tidal power project plans go forward.

Plans for a power-generating tidal farm off the north Wales coast have been submitted.

The £70m project for the underwater turbines, off the north west coast of Anglesey, was first announced three years ago.

Marine Current Turbines (MCT) and RWE npower Renewables are behind the scheme off Holyhead, between the Skerries and Carmel Head.

If given the go ahead by ministers, it could be operational by 2015.

With technology similar to on-shore windmills, developers say the turbines should create enough electricity to power 10,000 homes on Anglesey.

The seven twin rotor turbines would be arranged across an area of 0.56km².

The plans, together with an environmental impact assessment, have gone to the Welsh Assembly Government.

Martin Wright, CEO and founder of MCT said: "Tidal power is a predictable and reliable source of renewable energy and our technology can play an important part in helping Wales realise its renewable energy targets as set out in the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) energy policy statement.

"It aims to capture 10% of the tidal stream and wave energy off the Welsh coast by 2025, making Wales a UK low carbon economic area for tidal energy."

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