According to the Institute of Welsh Affairs, it’s highly probable that Wales can be ‘renewable energy’ self-sufficient, building a national asset with a much longer impact than the coal industry.
With an array of major energy projects set to create thousands of jobs in South, West and Mid Wales, it seems it is being let down by The UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), who have revealed planning decisions for four having been denied permission.
According to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park ‘the county is at the forefront of developing new renewable energy supplies’. Biomass, Geothermal, Heat Pumps, Hydro Power, Solar Power, Wind Power and of course Tidal Power are industries that would thrive in this energy driven county.
The Welsh Government it seems are pushing the agenda hard with natural resources minister Carl Sargeant writing to all local authorities in Wales, reiterating the principality’s preference for renewable energy growth over that of oil and gas exploration.
Furthermore, a joint letter signed by ministers from Scotland and Wales has called for the UK Government to further confirm its support for renewable energy.
Will Wales fulfill its potential and become an international powerhouse of renewable energy?