Westminster and the Welsh Assembly are being urged to consider a “tidal lagoon” as an alternative to plans for 260 wind turbines off the coasts of Llandudno and Colwyn Bay.
Conwy councillor Phil Edwards has written to both governments following a presentation to members by Rhos on Sea company Clwyd Offshore Tidal Energy.
He is calling on both to investigate the feasibility of harnessing tidal energy before making a decision on whether to grant a licence for the wind turbines project.
Coun Edwards told a meeting of Plaid Councillors at Llandudno on Friday: “It does not rely on whether there is any wind blowing, but gets its power from the tides coming in and out twice a day.” He said it would have environmental benefits.
He added: “The tidal lagoon project would have the added benefit of not having the visual impact on our seascape, it would not require the import and transportation of large amounts of rock and concrete and it could possibly help towards protecting our coast from erosion.”
Councillor Edwards urged ministers to look at the alternative scheme before making a decision on Gwynt Y Mor.
“It has potential to be a world leader in renewable energy, could provide many benefits including much needed well paid jobs for local people,” he said.
“It could be the most exciting project we have ever seen.”
By David Powell
14 January 2008
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