The River Mersey
The River Mersey

The Labour-controlled City Region has today backed plans to develop a Mersey Tidal Power project, which has the potential to deliver power for hundreds of thousands of Merseyside homes and businesses, thousands of jobs, and millions of pounds of investment for the City Region.

Leaders including St Helens’ David Baines backed the plans at today’s meeting of the Combined Authority.

Labour Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram says: “Demand for electricity is set to double by 2050, meaning the UK will face an energy crisis if the government doesn’t invest in projects like this, which will be key to keeping the lights on.

Our work shows that Mersey Tidal Power could generate enough energy to power up to 1m homes, create thousands of jobs and make our region Britain’s renewable energy coast.

If the government is serious about ‘levelling up’ then it should step up and look seriously at our Mersey Tidal Power project.

We know it has the potential to provide energy for well over 100 years, but the government formula only takes into account the next 35.

So today, I’m calling on government to look seriously at our project and help us make this a reality. Not only will it help to make Britain a worldwide technological leader, but also a global leader in tackling the climate emergency.”

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