Response to the Hendry Review of Tidal Lagoons
When DECC initially consulted in 2015 on contract for difference support for the first proposed tidal lagoon project, Citizens Advice responded to the call for evidence.
That the financial support being sought by the project was poor value for consumers in comparison with other available technologies
That there is insufficient scope for technological learning to justify support of that size
That energy consumers should not be asked to support, through levies charged on bills, the claimed non-energy system benefits of the proposals, such as provision of recreational facilities.
While statements from the first proposed developer have made public some extra detail about their projects, those concerns remain. This response explains Citizens Advice’s concerns, in respect of the current review’s terms of reference.