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Explore ways to harness Welsh natural resources

Last updated: 09:41pm 26 September 2019

…and explore ways to harness Welsh natural resources for the generation of power.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.33

Our verdict

Wales generates over 7% of the UK’s renewable electricity, contributing to the low-carbon energy supply. According to the Welsh government, the country, with the second highest tidal range in the world, is a prime location for harnessing marine, hydro, solar and wind power. So, the UK government promised to explore ways to generate renewable energy in Wales.

In September 2018, the Welsh Affairs Committee started an inquiry into Welsh renewable energy, to understand what the government is doing to provide the best support and opportunities. The government’s submission  reaffirmed the value of the current policy framework, and outline some general changes, namely increasing funding for competitive auctions, consulting on feed-in tariffs and improving networks to export energy. However, we could find no specific reference to UK government research into Welsh power generation. The inquiry is ongoing.

Based on the government’s submissions to the select committee inquiry to date, we consider this policy ‘not started’. We’ll keep tracking and update this to ‘in progress’ if we find evidence that the government is actively exploring ways to harness Welsh natural resources for power generation. Follow this policy to keep up with developments.

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