Marine energy ‘usable in 15 years’

JERSEY is 15 years away from harnessing marine energy, according to retired Jersey Electricity Company managing director Mike Liston.

Mr Liston retired three weeks ago from the helm of the company after 16 years. He chairs the Renewable Energy Group Ltd, a company that builds renewable energy schemes like wind farms in the UK, eastern Europe and Canada. But Mr Liston says the economics to make the scheme work will prevent them from being a reality in Jersey for another 15 years.

And he says that the advantages for Jersey are not in energy production, but for selling the ‘clean’ energy in Europe where tariffs make it more valuable, and for maintaining energy security for the Island.

Pictured: A wave turbine that could be built off Jersey

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