The company behind a failed tidal energy proposal for the Kimberley, in northern Western Australia, has welcomed the reigniting of debate

The company behind a failed tidal energy proposal for the Kimberley, in northern Western Australia, has welcomed the reigniting of debate on the power source. Liberal MP Wilson Tuckey has called on the State Government to re-visit tidal power, as an alternative to natural gas or nuclear. A proposal by Tidal Energy Australia to supply electricity to the West Kimberley collapsed three years ago due to a cost blow-out and technical difficulties. It is now investigating the feasibility of two other sites in WA. The company’s Brian Rourke believes tidal power is inevitable. “Tidal Energy is much more environmentally friendly than gas. It would reduce the greenhouse effect quite considerably and it’s probably cheaper in the long run than nuclear,” he said. Federal Liberal MP Barry Haase agrees there could still be a future for tidal power in Western Australia.

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