Since its formation in 2018, the Marine Energy Council (MEC) has played a leading role in representing the tidal stream and wave energy sectors, leading to an improved and improving external environment. This includes:
- Securing a £20m ringfence support for tidal stream as part of AR4.
- Working closely with the Welsh Government on the development of a wave and tidal revenue support scheme expected to have a budget of £150m.
- Organising visits with the Energy Minister to key sites.
- The creation of a tidal stream and wave energy working group with BEIS.
- Securing a Westminster Hall Debate on tidal stream energy.
- Proactively representing industry views in government consultations, and ensuring key stakeholders remain updated on industry developments.
- Creating a forum for collective discussion and organisation to advance the sectors’ interests.
To continue to deliver on the industries’ priorities and effectively represent its interests the UK MEC is moving from a representative body to an industry group.
Andrew commented “I am delighted to be joining the MEC Board at such an exciting and pivotal time for the marine energy sector – as the drivers for a clean energy mix have never been stronger and as investor appetite to participate is returning.”