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The Planning Inspectorate has accepted the Development Consent Order application for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon for consideration - the Lagoon has been designated as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project.

Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd (TLP) today took a major step towards realising one of the UK’s most game-changing infrastructure projects: the £850 million Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon - the largest tidal power plant in the world. 

The Able Marine Energy Park scheme has secured £14.9m from the Enterprise Zone Capital Grant Fund - enabling construction work to be brought forward.

David Cameron has told the World Economic Forum that Europe will need to provide cheap and predictable sources of energy in order to encourage businesses to relocate- including shale gas - and that burdensome regulation could drive investors away.

A reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below the 1990 level and an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy of at least 27% are among the key elements of the European Commission’s new EU framework on climate and energy for 2030.

The World Bank is warning that the availability of and access to water is negatively impacting energy production across the world – and the problem is only expected to get worse.

According to new research published today, supply chain progress on reducing carbon emissions is stalling as a result of regulatory uncertainties.

Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, has today announced plans to collaborate with the European Investment Bank – the financial arm of the European Union – to accelerate the development of clean energy projects in parts of the Middle East and North Africa.

The Government has granted planning consent for the Able Marine Energy Park – identified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and currently under the aegis of the Planning Inspectorate.

The Government has launched a formal consultation on its proposals for large scale shale gas production in the UK by the 2020s -however, the independent assessment accompanying the proposals has warned that it could also place a substantial burden on existing waste water treatment infrastructure capacity.

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