Tidal energy and wind turbines

To introduce tidal energy and wind turbines to generate clean energy for the whole island and not be dependant on France providing it to us. Let's face it it's alway windy here and we have tides. Solar panels could be successful too but that's third position in my view. Saving the planet is the main and most important aspect of this but another benefit would also be saving on cost and independance in our electricity supply. We have a perfect opportunity to be an example to the whole world of what can be achieved. 

Why the contribution is important

We are slowly killing our planet and it is heartbreaking to see that what is around us is not being used to genereate clean energy. The sea levels will keep on rising due to global warming, the weather will become more extreme year on year.  We are very exposed here. It's not too late we can still make the changes.

by MartaW on February 01, 2021 at 08:48PM

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  • Posted by Aprilf91 February 02, 2021 at 17:22

    According to page 23 of the Carbon Neutral Strategy on gov.je suggests that most of our energy is imported from France. 70 percent of this is nuclear energy and 30 percent is from the tidal barrage at La Rance.

    In conjunction with Pathway 2050 (another document on gov.je) it states that tidal energy has been studied in accordance with the energy our tides could provide. It is apparently not commercially viable. However they are still studying the wind power through Jersey Met. There has been no mention of the possibility of wind turbines recently.

    Perhaps the government could outline the results of research into viability of wind turbines, in accordance with the good work already done by using French energy from La Rance.
  • Posted by KarsyMarsy February 04, 2021 at 11:00

    I’d like to see the island producing its own clean green power as we have the ability to do so being surrounded by sea and having enough sunshine to produce solar energy. We don’t just need to have solar roofs, Teslor tiles are great but we can also have solar driveways and roads.
  • Posted by Kat February 04, 2021 at 17:02

    The UK has 20,000 wind turbines. Surely that is proof of their viability.
  • Posted by TheResearcher February 07, 2021 at 21:52

    Due to the huge cost of wind turbines, my thoughts are that we could have a joint offshore wind farm between Jersey and Guernsey (and well away from the shipping lanes), providing clean power to all of the islands.

    The way to do this is to make it big enough that we sell power to France, which needs renewable energy and will pay us for it.

    Project finance would be easy enough to get, based on the lifetime of the wind turbines, which is 20-25 years. Maybe we could even get grants/investment from The World Bank, as they offer these for renewable energy.

  • Posted by Ourjay1984 February 12, 2021 at 13:14

    Jersey should do this and they have said that we would produce so much that we could export it to different places. Then you could get rid of gst on your electric bill. Happy days
  • Posted by JerseyElectricity March 12, 2021 at 12:42

    Hi MartaW, thanks for your comments. Customers have told us that price is critically important to them and at the moment, local offshore wind cannot compete with the price of imported power. The impact on electricity prices of building new offshore wind or tidal power installations in a jurisdiction of Jersey’s size is significant.

    Our electricity supply is virtually decarbonised and so greater use of on-island wind, solar and tidal electricity generation will not reduce Jersey’s overall carbon emissions.

    To find out more about our beliefs on tidal power and other local renewables, and why renewable sources can't yet provide all our electricity visit: www.jec.co.uk/about-us/our-vision/tidal-power-and-renewables/
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