Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT): 3RD SEPTEMBER, 2013
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 15TH JULY, 2013
C1414 ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE COMMON’S SELECT COMMITTEE SECOND REPORT – A SEVERN BARRAGE? (RIPT) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) –
Members were informed of the outcome of the Energy and Climate Change Commons Select Committee's public consultation into the potential for a privately financed Severn Barrage.
A report was presented to cabinet 17th of December 2012 (minute no C1948 refers), which endorsed a response to the Energy and Climate Change Common's Select Committee to their public consultation into the provision of a privately financed Cardiff to Weston Barrage, the Severn Barrage.
The report outlined the recent chronology in respect of obtaining tidal power from the Severn Estuary including the UK Governments finding of the feasibility study (October 2010) and consultation into Severn tidal power, which concluded that of all the schemes investigated despite its high capital cost of approximately £34 billion the Cardiff to Weston barrage scheme offered the best value for money.
The Government however concluded that while there was not a strategic case for public investment of the scale required to facilitate a tidal barrage across the Severn at that time it did not preclude a privately financed initiative coming forward.
In response to privately financed proposals being promoted by a consortium called Corlan Hafren, the UK Government established the Commons Select Committee to investigate the proposal and to examine the potential for the project to deliver low-carbon electricity to the UK and the likely cost to consumers as well as the potential impacts on wildlife and local employment.
At the time of launching the inquiry there was no detail of the new proposal in the public domain however the Consortium, which had since dissolved and reformed as Hafren Power Ltd, suggested that private financing for a Severn Barrage may be available but only if it was supported by the proposed Contracts for Difference Mechanism i.e. long-term instruments that provide stable and predictable incentives for companies to invest in low-carbon energy generation schemes.
The Committee invited written evidence from interested parties and the report of the 17th December 2012 that outlined the concerns of the Vale of Glamorgan in relation to the development of a Severn Barrage was submitted as evidence to the Select Committee. A copy of the report was attached at Appendix 1 to the report.
The Energy and Climate Change Committee published its final report 'A Severn Barrage?' (HC 194) on Monday 10 June 2013 and the summary, conclusions and recommendations of the report were attached at Appendix 2 to the report and was available at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmenergy/194/19402.htm
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T the contents of the report be noted.
(2) T H A T the report be referred to Planning Committee and Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) for information.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To advise Cabinet of the Commons Select Committee Severn Barrage consultation.
(2) To advise Planning Committee and the Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) of the recent public consultation.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 15 July 2013