Morning, Tuesday, 4th December 2018
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
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’ energy requirements 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.