Trougher Charles Hendry To Take Charge Of “Independent “ Review Into Tidal Lagoons
By Paul Homewood
h/t Philip Bratby
Former MP, Charles Hendry
In February, DECC announced an independent review into the feasibility and practicality of tidal lagoon energy in the UK.
Today the news has been released that the review will be led by former MP, Charles Hendry. From DECC:
The Independent Review of Tidal Lagoons will be led by industry expert Charles Hendry, supported by a team of seconded civil servants.
Charles Hendry brings a wealth of experience to the role. He was Minister of State for Energy from May 2010 until September 2012. Since leaving ministerial office Charles Hendry has undertaken a wide range of roles, including as President of the British Institute of Energy Economics, chair of the Forewind Consortium 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. The review will also help establish an evidence base to ensure all decisions made regarding tidal lagoon energy are in the best interest of the UK. Its findings are expected to be announced in the Autumn.
It is not immediately apparent how “independent” the review will be, given Hendry’s background as Minister of State for Energy. Worse still, since being sacked as Minister, he has been well rewarded as Chairman of the Forewind Consortium. Forewind, of course, is the consortium of RWE, SSE, Statoil and Statkraft, which was set up to develop the giant Dogger Bank offshore wind farm.
Hendry succeeded John Gummer as Chairman, after the latter took over as head of the Committee on Climate Change.
In the last Register of Interests before Hendry stood down as MP at last year’s election, he declared earnings of £48000 from Forewind.
In addition, there was a further £7500 from his role of Senior Adviser to Atlantic Superconnection Corporation (formerly Atlantic Supergrid Corporation Ltd), a company researching the scope for a transmission cable between Iceland and the UK/continental Europe. While Minister of State, he signed the bilateral agreement with Iceland to bring power harnessed from Iceland’s volcanoes to Britain through undersea cables.
Finally, he also declared earnings of £35000 from Vitol Group, an energy trading and service company.
It is clear that Hendry will not bring any “independence” in any shape or form to the review. But then, was not that the objective in the first place?