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Renewable Energy Manifesto shows clear path for the next Welsh Government

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RenewableUK Cymru, part of the UK’s leading renewable energy association, has published a manifesto for the Welsh general election calling for the implementation of dynamic new policies to generate more wind, wave and tidal energy. 

The manifesto calls for clear leadership to be shown by the next Welsh Government as they try to reach renewable energy targets and reduce harmful emissions.

 Llywelyn Rhys, Head of RenewableUK Cymru, said: 

“Wind and marine renewable technologies offer massive economic, environmental and social opportunities for Wales. The potential aim is clear – the wind sector alone will employ over 1,000 people in 2012 and contribute £158 million to the Welsh economy, rising to £1 billion by the end of the decade.” 

“To take advantage of these opportunities the next Welsh Government needs to have detailed delivery plans for all renewable technologies and ensure that business support and infrastructure is adequate in helping the development of the industry.”

The manifesto identifies the main obstacles which have prevented the delivery of previous onshore wind targets. These include the slow pace of decision-making, the lack of grid infrastructure and transport issues. RenewableUK Cymru is calling for new areas suitable for potential onshore wind farms to be identified, and is urging the Government to use its powers to intervene to determine some planning applications. Local planning authorities need more support from the Government when identifying opportunities for local wind farm schemes.

“Wales is blessed with an enviable wind, wave and tidal resource – it’s up to the renewable energy industry, its stakeholders and the Welsh government to surmount the challenges so that we can all exploit this natural potential”.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 May 2011 14:43