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Tidal power to benefit Bailiwick

Stormy seas
Developing Alderney's tidal energy industry will benefit the whole Bailiwick

The development of a tidal energy industry in Alderney will benefit the whole Bailiwick, according to the sector's regulator.

Last year the States signed a deal with Alderney Renewable Energy to generate tidal power in the islands' territorial waters.

The head of the Alderney Commission for Renewable Energy, Gordon Fitton, claims the scheme will have lasting benefits.

He described it as "an attractive proposition" for the whole Bailiwick.

Alderney is said to have one of the largest and most accessible tidal power resources in Europe.

Cheaper electricity

In November the States' voted to go ahead with a tidal energy project, skipping a planned trial period in the process.

Supporters believe the scheme for 500 tidal turbines will result in cheaper electricity for islanders and help Alderney to become a leader in renewable energy.

Jersey, Guernsey and Sark are also working on tidal energy plans.

Mr Fitton said: "It is a huge civil engineering project in Alderney.

"It's a very long term project, a massive investment but of course the resource is infinite, it's permanent and it will go on so once the initial investment is recouped it's an attractive proposition."

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