Climate change minister supports marine energy project

Wave Hub, Cornwall’s marine energy project, has welcomed a pledge from UK Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker to support the creation of a marine energy park in South West England.

The minister made the commitment during the first meeting of the UK Marine Energy Programme Board at the University of Exeter.

The programme aims to bring together government and the private sector to accelerate development of the marine renewables sector in the UK by removing hurdles to its commercialisation.

In recent years the South West region, through the support of the South West Regional Development Agency (RDA), has invested significantly in developing its marine renewables offer including the £42m Wave Hub project, which has created the world’s largest grid-connected test site for wave energy devices.