Channel Islands' link with south-west England on marine power

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The Channel Islands and the south west of England are to work more closely on the development of marine energy.

Representatives from the South West Marine Energy Park (SWMEP) and the CI Marine Renewable Energy Group (CIMREG) signed an agreement on Monday.

It is intended to marry the islands' natural energy resources and financial services expertise with the south west's technological know-how.

Closer engagement with French renewable power providers is also anticipated.

The memorandum of understanding was signed by the chairman of the SWMEP, which was set up by the UK government in 2012.

Politicians from Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney and Sark also signed the agreement, having formed the CIMREG last year in order to collaborate on marine renewable development.

Francis Simonet, the chairman of Alderney's Policy Committee, said the agreement "can only help in our quest to ensure that the energy in our waters is capable of being delivered into the UK".

A delegation from the islands will provide a presentation to approximately 100 organisations in the South West energy sector at the Bristol Tidal Energy Forum in March.

Researchers from Exeter and Plymouth Universities have been working in the Channel Islands to examine the area's marine energy potential.

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