Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre (PTEC) is an important project to harness tidal energy as a renewable, reliable source of electricity. Placing tidal turbines in the sea off the south coast of the Isle of Wight will generate enough clean electricity to power thousands of homes.

The project achieved full consent in 2016, but has since been delayed by a change in government policy. Now, backed by a partnership with the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), funding from Interreg FCE TIGER project and anticipated new government support, PTEC plans to be operational by 2025. A planning application for the onshore elements of the project will be submitted to the Isle of Wight council in the coming months.

If consent is granted, construction work is anticipated to commence in 2023, with plans for the project to be fully operational by 2025.

Investment and jobs for the Isle of Wight

Chairman of PTEC, Rob Stevens, said:

“This project will further strengthen the UK’s global leadership in tidal power and strengthen the Island of Wight’s maritime economy with investment and jobs. Once established it will put the Island at the forefront of sustainable marine energy innovation to further enhance its reputation as a marine industry hub.”

The project is set to generate energy for at least 15 years, resulting in long term investment and revenues which will boost the economy both nationally and locally.

Consulting and updating the community

As PTEC prepares to finalise its plans it is seeking the community’s views on its proposals. People can find out more about the proposals and provide feedback by visiting the project website, perpetuustidal.com.

Two webinars are also being held for members of the public to hear direct from the project team and ask any questions.   Pre-bookable telephone appointments are also available. Details of these are outlined below:

Webinars: Monday 7 June at 6.00pm and Tuesday 8 June at 1.30pm
Telephone appointments: Friday 4 June

To secure a place, call 0800 470 3745, email contact@ptec-consultation.co.uk or write to FREEPOST PTEC.

For further information, please contact Rachel Wild, rachel@athene-communications.co.uk or 07921 858293.