A group tasked with assessing the feasibility and practicality of tidal lagoon energy in the UK will be led by a former energy minister, supported by a team of seconded civil servants, the government has announced.

The Independent Review of Tidal Lagoons, announced earlier this year, will assess the strategic case for tidal lagoons and whether they could play a cost-effective role as part of the UK energy mix.

Evidence base

The review will aim to help establish an evidence base to ensure all decisions about tidal lagoon energy are in the best interest of the UK.

Other areas that will be considered by the review include the potential scale of the opportunity in the UK and internationally and potential structures for financing projects.  

Review team

The Department for Energy and Climate Change has now announced that former energy minister Charles Hendry will lead the review, supported by a team of seconded civil servants.

Formerly the energy minister between May 2010 and September 2012, Charles Hendry has since undertaken a range of roles, including acting as president of the British Institute of Energy Economics.   

DECC has confirmed that the review findings are expected to be announced in the autumn.