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Caution over tidal wave benefits

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Jersey, Guernsey and Sark are also looking at tidal energy

It will be generations before any lasting benefits from tidal power are felt in Alderney.

The cautionary warning has been made by the chairman of the Alderney Renewable Energy Commission.

It follows the States' decision last week to proceed with a tidal energy project, skipping a planned trial period in the process.

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

But Gordon Fitton said islanders should know that it would still be many years before any benefits were seen.

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.

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