In Prime Minister’s Questions today Mr Andrew Turner, MP for the Isle of Wight, asked if David Cameron would join him in supporting the Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre, a public / private partnership. Mr Turner explained the centre, based on the Isle of Wight, will provide the world’s leading grid connected tidal array test facility, placing the UK at the forefront of tidal energy technology, protecting existing jobs and creating several hundred new ones.
The Prime Minister confirmed the UK is now the most attractive market in the world for investment in offshore wind and in marine renewables. He stated, “We want to maintain that world leading position. We want to harness the economic benefits and the environmental benefits that brings and we want to see local centres of expertise and from what I can see the Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre sounds like exactly the sort of exciting initiative that we should be supporting.”