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Welsh Lib Dems launch ambitious energy proposals

May 7, 2014 4:07 PM

William Powell with Wind TurbineThe Welsh Liberal Democrats this week launched bold energy proposals which build a roadmap for Wales' energy future and outlines how the party would deliver on ambitious energy targets in Government.

The policy paper 'Powering Wales' Future' is ambitious for Wales, with a target to produce enough renewable and low-carbon energy to cover our needs and provide export potential by 2050.  Amongst the proposals, the party calls for:

  • a presumption in favour of small scale community renewables and more support for community energy co-operatives;
  • moves to ensure communities gain greater benefits from energy investments by expanding community benefit funds to a regional basis;
  • planning permission for fracking operations, including test drilling, to be denied until and unless safety and environmental protection can be guaranteed to the highest standards.

William Powell AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Energy and Environment,

said:

"'Powering Wales' Future' contains ambitious proposals for Wales to generate enough energy for our own needs through renewable and low carbon sources by 2050.

"Regrettably, decades of under investment have left the Welsh and UK generation network years behind our European counterparts, so it is time for radical changes to the way we deliver energy.

"The Welsh Lib Dems believe that local communities should benefit more from energy generation schemes.  Our planning reforms would enable more small scale community renewables and support for community energy co-operatives. 

"Our energy proposals give us wide scope to develop the kind of low carbon, mixed grid approach we need.  Equally, we need to be aware that it is in the next 10 years that the decisions will have to be made to 'keep the lights on' in 2050."

Matthew Williams, Policy Officer at RenewableUK Cymru, said:

"RenewableUK Cymru welcomes the Welsh Liberal Democrats publication of a detailed Energy Policy and their tabling of a debate in the National Assembly for Wales today.  

"It is invaluable for the industry in Wales to see that our political parties are committed to developing a thriving green energy sector, and we can only encourage the other parties in the Assembly to put forward their own policies in such detail.  We look forward to working with all parties over the coming months to ensure that their policies are practical and deliverable, and to ensure that maximum benefit is retained within Wales."

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Notes:

The Welsh Liberal Democrat report 'Powering Wales' Future' can be found here:

http://welshlibdems.org.uk/en/document/energy-policy-paper-2014.pdf