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29 April 2024
Renewable Energy

Renewables Sector Calls on Welsh Government to Form Partnership

RenewableUK Cymru is calling for a partnership between industry and government to overcome the strategic barriers holding Wales back from securing a clean energy future.

The trade association says that chief among these are an inadequate grid infrastructure, an under-resourced planning and consenting system, and a lack of port and supply chain readiness to maximise economic benefit for Wales.

It hosted an event at the Senedd sponsored by Samuel Kurtz MS, the new Shadow Minister for Economy and Energy, and attended by the newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Energy and the Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles MS.

RenewableUK Cymru has called progress to date on Welsh Government ambitions for Wales to meet 100% of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2035 ‘disappointingly sluggish’. It estimates that Wales needs to quadruple its current renewable energy capacity to achieve that target. But it says recent data reveals a concerning trend, with fewer projects being installed year on year, exacerbating the gap between demand and supply.

The association welcomed the opportunity to speak to the Cabinet Secretary as well as other Senedd Members who attended the event to ask questions about the energy transition affecting them and their constituents, including the need for new grid infrastructure in Mid Wales.

RenewableUK Cymru Director Jessica Hooper said:

“We are thrilled to witness such interest and a strong turn out from the Senedd. The new Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Energy and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles, took the time to understand the key issues holding Wales back.

“By working in partnership we can provide the evidence base and needs case to improve our planning framework, champion the critical role our ports must play and secure a strategic solution to much needed grid infrastructure to drive economic growth and decarbonisation throughout Wales.

The decision to consolidate the energy and economy portfolios within one ministerial role reflects the recognition of the pivotal role the energy sector plays for every citizen in Wales that wants to heat their home, power their electric vehicle, or work in an industry that supports well paid jobs. We hope this emphasises the Welsh Government’s commitment to fostering a more stable and favourable environment for renewable energy development going forward.”

Samuel Kurtz MS said:

“I was delighted to sponsor the RenewableUK Cymru event and pleased that so many of my Senedd colleagues were able to join us.

“There is certainly an air of excitement and positivity around the renewable energy sector in Wales which was evident from all in attendance. The sector has the potential to provide a massive boost to the Welsh economy, revitalising and reenergising communities across Wales whilst also reducing our carbon footprint.

“Wales has a unique opportunity to harness renewable energy resources, but we must tackle all that prohibits the realisation of these opportunities. I’m grateful to the work of RenewableUK Cymru for their relentless advocacy of these opportunities.”

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