Renewable energy in Wales focus of new inquiry
23 November 2020
The Welsh Affairs Committee launches an inquiry looking at how the UK Government, including in cooperation with Welsh Ministers, can best support the development of renewable energy in Wales.
Renewables’ contribution to Wales’ energy production increased from 17.7% in 2016 to almost a quarter in 2018. Wales exports more than half of its energy to the rest of the UK.
On 18 November the Prime Minister announced that billions will be spent on the Government’s 10-point plan for a “green industrial revolution”. The plan is part of the UK’s commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Welsh Government’s own commitment to 70% energy generation by 2030 will be a significant contributor to the wider UK goal.
Next year the UK will be hosting COP26, the UN’s climate change summit, at which the Government hopes that all parties will announce “credible targets” for reaching net-zero globally.
The Welsh Affairs Committee’s inquiry will look for the potential opportunities for development and deployment of renewables in Wales and how Cardiff and Westminster should work together to support them. MPs will also examine the implications of COP26, due to be hosted by the UK in November 2021, for Wales.
The Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP, Chair of the Welsh Affairs Committeesaid:
“If the UK is meet its aim of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050 the development and roll-out of renewable energy generators will be absolutely vital.
Not only do they provide a reliable and clean source for energy but are also a source of opportunity for high-skilled employment and investment. They can be an important part of the post-Covid economic recovery and Wales is uniquely placed to benefit from the energy transition, particularly in wind power and marine renewables.
Our inquiry will look at how these advantages can best be harnessed and the cooperation and support between the UK and Welsh Governments that will be needed to make renewables work. Getting renewables right in Wales can help set the tone as the UK assumes a leadership role at COP26.”
Call for evidence
The Committee invites written evidence submissions addressing the following points via the Committee’s website until 15 February 2020.
- How can the UK Government best support the deployment of renewable generators in Wales?
- How should the UK and Welsh Governments work together to support the development of renewable energy projects in Wales?
- What mechanisms can ensure that subsidies for renewable generators are good value for money?
- What opportunities are there for renewable generators in Wales of greater interconnection with other electricity markets?
- How can the UK Government facilitate Welsh contributions to COP26?
- What implications is COP26 expected to have for Wales?
- Has the COP26 Year of Climate Action had any significant implications for Wales?
- What opportunities are there for renewable energy to aid Wales post-COVID-19 economic recovery?