Executive must do more for tidal energy sector

20 12 2012

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SDLP Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has cautiously welcomed news that two Scottish tidal energy projects will share almost £32 million of European Commission funding.
Councillor Cunningham has called for the Executive to work to progress similar funding for the two tidal energy projects off Fair Head and Torr Head:

“This is great news for the tidal industry off the West Coast of Scotland, but only a few miles away our projects are in still in their infancy, and we need to work harder to progress these.”

“It’s this kind of financial commitment that the Executive needs to be pursuing in order to harness further private investment. If our neighbours in Scotland develop an infrastructure to support the Tidal energy sector, potential benefits for support industries on the AntrimCoast could be minimised.”

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