The UK is a signatory of Kyoto Protocol, and has taken the step to introduce a climate change bill to make reducing emissions law.
Marine Current Turbines Ltd (MCT) has been involved with tidal energy technology development since the early 1990’s, initially with the Loch Linhe turbine, then SeaFlow located near Lynmouth, North Devon and more recently Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland where MCT installed SeaGen, the first commercially operating tidal turbine in 2008 (Sea Generation).
The next stage in the development of the SeaGen technology is to install an array of devices. The Skerries site off the north west coast of Anglesey was identified as a possible site for a 10MW array of SeaGen devices and a newly created development company, SeaGeneration (Wales) Ltd, was set up in 2008 as a joint venture between and RWE npower renewables to take forward the development phase of the project. The project, named the Skerries Tidal Stream Array, has also benefited from funding from the Welsh European Funding Office.