Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre – consultation now closed
Public consultation took place in 2021 as part of the onshore planning process for Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre. Planning permission was granted in December 2021. Below is a summary of the information shared with local stakeholders, highlighting some of the benefits of this exciting project.
Why this is such an important project
Fossil fuels have been constantly in the headlines in recent months. The petrol shortage, gas price rises and the lack of commitment to essential renewables are a threat to life as we know it.
Tidal power, generated off the coast of the Isle of Wight, can help to address these challenges and support the UK’s ambition to regain control of its energy supplies. We are so close to unlocking a totally reliable, renewable and carbon-free energy source: the tide.
The credibility of our ambition is underpinned by the growth that our partner EMEC, has brought to Orkney. Its creation of a Marine and Hydrogen energy capability has created 182 cumulative jobs and turned an initial investment of £36m into £108.4m GVA (overall profit to Orkney). We hope to emulate this success on the Island.
We are now extremely close to unlocking this reliable, carbon-free energy system, powered by nature and in harmony with the environment: the tide.
Onshore planning application
We carried out consultation in May and June 2021 to understand and respond to residents’ concerns about this proposal and, later in the year, attended meetings with Ventnor Town Council and a public event organised by Save the Wight Coast.
The focus was our planning application for a substation near Ventnor. This will be a single storey building adjacent to the current pumping station at Flowers Brook. We recognise that this area is an important and well-loved recreational spot for both local people and visitors, and we will be sure to conceal the building as much as possible through cutting edge architecture and sympathetic landscaping.
The proposed single-storey substation is designed to be unobtrusive. It is 1.4m lower in height than the neighbouring pumping station.
In terms of the offshore elements of the project, all consents are in place and we have a partner lined up to install tidal turbines.
In response to community concerns about noise from the proposed substation, we submitted a new technical note to the planning department, examining the potential noise from two transformers within the structure. This is available here.
The study assessed potential noise at various locations around the site including nearby residences. It found that, provided the transformers are suitably enclosed, the sound would not exceed the general background noise both during the day and at night at any of these residences.
We also submitted an additional arboricultural impact assessment. This explored in detail the condition and value of the trees surrounding the proposed substation site.
The report found that our proposal is ‘acceptable from an arboricultural perspective’ (by the Isle of Wight Council Tree Officer) – which means there will be no significant loss of trees, shrubs and bushes in creating the substation.
Find out more
For further details of the PTEC proposal, please view the Newsletter distributed in May 2021, below.