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4th December – Cardiff
Priorities for Energy Policy



Priorities for energy policy: the future for major projects, renewables and community energy


This seminar will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders to discuss priorities for energy policy in Wales – including progress on the Welsh Government’s key long term targets on community ownership and increasing the percentage of renewables in the energy supply.

Discussion will also take place on the policy landscape for future energy projects in Wales – particularly in relation to the consent process – as the Wales Act 2017 devolves further energy consenting powers to the Welsh Government of up to 350MW for both onshore and offshore projects from April 2019.

The seminar will be an opportunity to consider the implications for future major energy projects in Wales in light of the UK Government’s decision to not support the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project and the announcement of the Wylfa power plant deal.

Delegates will examine the current policy framework and consider strategies that will be required to support growth of the renewable energy sector in Wales in meeting the Welsh Government’s target of sourcing 70% of Wales’ electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.

Further sessions will look at the part that local authorities will play in energy projects, following the announcement by Welsh Government that it is targeting 1GW of locally owned electricity by 2030. Those attending will also consider the challenges that are associated with increasing the level of community owned energy projects, in particular, overcoming financial and planning obstacles.

Attendees will also assess the steps that might be taken to develop the flexible grid network needed to underpin the transition to an increasingly renewable energy supply, as well as support further decarbonisation of transport.

Guest of Honour:

Lesley Griffiths AM
Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Welsh Government.


  • Steven Edwards
    Director of Regulation and Commercial, Wales & West Utilities
  • Professor Wade Allison
    University of Oxford
  • Henry Dixon
    North Wales Tidal Energy
  • Steven Edwards
    SP Energy Networks
  • Ross Fairley
    Burges Salmon
  • Abid Kazim
    NextEnergy Capital
  • Robert Proctor
    Community Energy Wales
  • Hêdd Roberts
    National Grid
  • Dr Nina Skorupska
    Renewable Energy Association

Senior speakers confirmed from The Green Valleys and Western Power Distribution.


This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties,. Places have been reserved by officials from the The Planning Inspectorate; The Planning Inspectorate for Wales and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Clarke Willmott; Dwr Cymru; Tata Steel; Torfaen Friends of the Earth; University of Oxford and Viridor.

Cost:£230 + VAT
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WHEN:4th December 2018 – 9am – 1pm (registration from 8.30am)