TLP believes they can be and has just secured the go-ahead from Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for a £1 billion development in Swansea Bay between the Docklands and the new university campus. The development is made up of a 6 mile long stretch of wall looping out from the Welsh coastline submerged underneath it will be 16 underwater turbines will provide a source of green renewable energy for as long as there is water in the bay . Unlike the majority of coal-fired power stations the concept art shows a construction that would add to the natural beauty of the area not detract from it, the walkway itself will be made of a light grey stone and little else above the surface enabling people to walk along it and watch sporting and cultural events that are intended to be held in the lagoon to just watch the tide. The station is projected to generate enough energy for 155,000 homes which is equivalent to 90% of Swansea's domestic electricity use.
However the project is not without hurdles to jump the lagoon would be situated between the Tawe and Neath estuaries which could have a disastrous impact on migratory fish, also as part of the construction that they would need to be dredged and cleared and there is also a possibility for sediment pollution to occur. Even if the environmental concerns can be rendered moot there are still financial ones that need to be addressed, TLP is asking the government for a higher incentive Grant then wind turbines solar power and nuclear power negotiating a higher price may be difficult as the government is still (as of 9 June 2015) to decide whether the technology is viable.
If the technology is viable the power station will not just provide clean green power it will create a 100 jobs at the company (General Electric and Andritz Hydro ) who will be building the turbines. In total TLP intends to create and support 1,900 jobs with 180 additional jobs when the lagoon opens.
So in conclusion if the project and can overcome its hurdles I believe that the lagoon will be an important step towards the kind of world envisioned by Danish sustainable architect and activist Bjarke Ingels when he said "Sustainability can't be like some sort of a moral sacrifice or political dilemma or a philanthropical cause. It has to be a design challenge".