The UK’s independent review of tidal lagoons will be led by former energy minister Charles Hendry, the Department of Energy and Climate Change said today.

Hendry, who will be supported by a team of seconded civil servants, was UK Minister of State for Energy from May 2010 until September 2012.

He has held several roles since leaving office, including president of the British Institute of Energy Economics, chair of Forewind from 2013–2015 and commissioner of the UK Pavilion at the Future Energy Expo in Kazakhstan 2017.

The review will assess the strategic case for tidal lagoons and whether they could play a cost effective role as part of the UK energy mix.

It will also help establish evidence to “ensure all decisions made regarding tidal lagoon energy are in the best interest of the UK”, DECC said.

The findings of the review are expected to be announced in the autumn.

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