Tidal Power

Meeting: 
MQT on 2008-11-12
Session date: 
November 12, 2008
Reference: 
2008/2515
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What work is being undertaken by the GLA Group to investigate the possibility of generating electricity through tidal flow?

Answer

Answer for Tidal Power

Answer for Tidal Power

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I'm keen to make sure we make the most of all of London's sustainable energy resources. A new Thames Barrage could potentially exploit tidal flow to generate electricity. However, the Environment Agency has identified that there is no need for a barrage at this time. A 2005 report to the Carbon Trust notes that other tidal stream technologies require a fast moving tidal stream flow. Assessments of UK tidal potential have not identified any regions of the Thames estuary as leading candidates for the application of this technology.