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First UK marine energy park

The Government is setting up Britain's first "marine energy park" in the South-west of England as it hopes to address criticisms that its pre-election claim to be the "greenest government ever" was a sham.

Greg Barker, the climate change minister, announced that the South West Marine Energy Park will stretch from Bristol to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, 28 miles off the Cornish coast.

He believes that marine energy has the potential to generate up to 27 gigawatts of power in Britain by 2050, equivalent to the amount produced by eight coal-fired power stations.

Mr Barker said that marine power has the potential to develop into a £15bn industry by 2050, which could support thousands of jobs, as well as making a significant contribution towards helping Britain meet its renewable energy targets.