South West renewables could generate 5,750+ new jobs

The Engineer reported that marine renewables in the South West of England could generate more than 5,750 new jobs, contributing £4.8bn into the areas economy from 2015.

Research estimates that the South West has the capacity to generate 9,220MW of electricity from marine sources – more than double the regions domestic power requirements.

Whilst the bulk of the source will be offshore wind farms, the report reckons tidal and wave technology could make substantial contributions.

Lets hope the various schemes get planning permission and funding, and quickly too.

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