A SEVERN BARRAGE OR WHAT? Options for Renewable Energy from the Severn Estuary

RSA Wales and Western Region

Website http://www.rsawaw.org

The Royal Society of Arts is registered as a charity in England and Wales 212424

The British Science Association

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The British Science Association is registered as a charity in England and Wales 212479

A SEVERN BARRAGE OR WHAT?

Options for Renewable Energy from the Severn Estuary

A Public Forum

at Holland House Hotel, Cardiff

This Public Forum coincides with the Government’s public consultation on the first phase of its

feasibility study into whether a power project using the vast natural tidal resource of the Severn

Estuary could be supported and if so on what terms. This would be a major undertaking with long

term consequences for South Wales, possibly for hundreds of years. Five alternative schemes

have been short listed. The purpose of this Forum is to provide an independent platform and the

necessary information to allow all interested people to form their opinions and to convey them to

government, both through this meeting and directly. The consultation closes on 23rd April, 2009.

PROGRAMME

 

18:00 Welcome

Eric Albone, FRSA, RSA and British Science Association

Rudi Plaut, CBE, FRSA

 

18:05 Overview of Severn Tidal Power Options

James Colcombe, Severn Tidal Power SEA Study Manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff

 

18:20 Severn Barrage and Other Options: Hydro-environmental Impact

Roger Falconer, FRSA, Halcrow Professor of Water Management, School of

 

Engineering, Cardiff University

18:35 Tidal power in the Severn: can we maximise output while minimising risks and impacts?

Morgan Parry, Head of WWF Cymru

 

18:50 Severn Tidal Power – The Environmental Unknowns

Michael Evans, Policy and Strategy Manager – Climate Change, Environment

 

Agency Wales

19:05 Economic Benefits of the Severn Barrage

Brian Morgan, Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Wales Institute Cardiff

 

19:20 Coffee/Tea Break

19:40 Question Time Discussion

20:30 End – followed by Buffet Dinner

NOTE:

17:00 – 17:45 Optional visit to large physical model of the Severn Estuary (with Barrage),

located in Cardiff University’s School of Engineering. The model is on display, just over the

road from the venue (opposite O’Brien’s coffee shop), and delegates will be shown the

model by Professor Falconer. Tea will be provided.

Contact for further information, Prof Roger Falconer FRSA, falconerra@cardiff.ac.uk, 02920 874280

Outcomes from this Forum will be forwarded to the Consultation. Participants will also be

encouraged to submit their own views direct to the Consultation. Full details are available on

http://severntidalpowerconsultation.decc.gov.uk_study_overview  . A copy of the Severn Tidal Power

Consultation Document can also be obtained free on charge on-line or phone: 0845 015 0010.

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RSA Wales and Western Region

Website http://www.rsawaw.org

The Royal Society of Arts is registered as a charity in England and Wales 212424

The British Science Association

Website http://www.britishscienceassociation.org

The British Science Association is registered as a charity in England and Wales 212479

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