Ministers have launched new proposals to increase the development of green energy at underwater locations across the country.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change has revealed plans to scope out waters across England and Wales to find suitable locations to house marine energy technology that will generate cheap energy.
"The screening exercise in English and Welsh waters is a significant step forward in our plans to harness the power of our seas and secure a renewable and low carbon energy supply," said energy and climate change minister Lord Hunt.
He continued: "The marine energy sector has reached a pivotal stage with more and more devices ready to go into the water."
Ministers are eager to invest more money into the green energy sector in a bid to both cut carbon emissions and also develop a new sector of the economy that could help take the UK out of the current recession.
Among the technology that could be used to deliver cheap energy from renewable underwater sources is the Anaconda, which is currently being tested by developers Checkmate Seaenergy.
It is hoped the new device could offer a way to provide green energy across the UK at a low cost because the materials used are cheap and easy to come by.
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