How common is tidal energy?

Question: How common is tidal energy?

Answer: Utility scale tidal energy is relatively uncommon with large tidal power installations only existing in Canada, China, Russia, France, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. Currently tidal power plants have a large initial investment when compared to other options which makes them unattractive to investors. Also specific tidal conditions are required to maximize power generation which combined with the cost of beach front realty limits the technology. Smaller scale uses of tidal energy such as tide mills are more popular and exist around the world.

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