Worlds first Lagoon Power Plant
Summary: Recently in the UK, there have been ideas related towards developing the worlds first lagoon power plants, four in Wales and one in Somerset and Cumbria. The new power plants will use the incoming and outgoing tides behind giant sea walls, using the weight of the current to power turbines inside the plant. The company projects these new power plants will be able to produce energy for 155,000 homes in the area. The series of six lagoons can provide 8% of the UK’s electricity but comes at a high cost of 30 billion pounds. The sea wall that is being proposed will stretch more then five miles and extend two miles out to sea. The Cardiff lagoon will include 90 turbines that can generate power for up to 14 hours a day. The cost of the new power plant will be supported by electricity bill-payers under the existing government scheme to promote homegrown, low-carbon energy. This form of energy provides a lower risk then nuclear and a more sustainable future for supplying energy to households. The lagoon power plant is said to last up to 120 years
Ethical Argument: The environmental issue being raised is the fact that this new lagoon power plant will destroy sea life, affecting birds and fish that inhabit the area. This is a huge problem because although we are looking for a more sustainable source of energy that’s safer overall for our environment, we will destroy certain coastal areas, inhabited by various species of birds and other marine wildlife. Fish will likely be sucked in by the massive turbines, killing off thousands of fish and shorting fisherman in their ability to provide food for consumers. The fish and birds have intrinsic value that needs to be protected in order to keep the coastal ecosystem in tack. Without the fish, birds will continue to die off, and will have nowhere to nest if this plan to build a coastal lagoon takes place.
Personal Opinion: My position on this topic is to install the power plant in a location that is not heavily inhabited by sea birds and other marine animals. It would take a lot of research to find areas that would be able to sustain their ecosystems without getting out of balance by the power plant.
Question: What would you do in this case? Would you go forward with installing the lagoon power plant in order to produce clean and renewable energy or would you protect the wildlife?