Wave and tidal

We are committed to working with industry and stakeholders to successfully exploit the UK's significant tidal and wave energy resources.

Ocean waves

The UK has some of the best tidal and wave power resources in the world. To help the country maintain a diverse and secure energy mix, and realise renewable energy and carbon reduction targets, there is a strong case to develop these resources.

We are playing a key part in this development process, working closely with organisations across industry, government and stakeholders. This includes engaging with industry forums and co-ordinating our activities with public bodies to bring new development opportunities to market.

Our role primarily involves leasing areas of the seabed and managing the associated seabed rights. To date we have leased over 40 sites for tidal current and wave projects, and we have now started the first leasing process for tidal range projects. In addition, we are undertaking ‘enabling actions’ work (research and technical studies) to support the project development process, and have invested in a first-of-a-kind array project.

For further information on our work in tidal range, please email:

Tidal range

For information on tidal current and wave, please email:

Wave and tidal