Tidal power is one of the least ecologically destructive forms of renewable cheap energy, an industry figure has said.
According to Adam Bell, national campaigns coordinator at Renewable UK, all tidal power devices put into the sea have to go through fairly rigorous environmental assessments in order to make sure they do not have an adverse impact on local marine life.
Furthermore, unless people actually live by the beach, they are very unlikely to see tidal power generation devices, unlike wind power turbines, which critics say blight local scenery and cause obstructions for local residents.
Mr Bell pointed out that there is plenty of tidal power activity taking place in northern Scotland around Orkney, with new technology being tested on the local seabed.
Norwegian tidal turbine manufacturers Hammerfest Strom recently announced that a new tidal power turbine will be built in the western Scottish isles under a new £4 million deal with Scottish Power.
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