Policy Forum for Wales

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

Morning, Tuesday, 4th December 2018

Central Cardiff


It 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 also examine the current policy framework for renewable energy and consider strategies that will be required to meet the Welsh Government’s target of sourcing 70% of Wales’ energy requirements from renewable energy sources by 2030.

They will also assess the evolving role of local authorities in energy projects and the challenges that are associated with increasing the level of community owned energy projects including overcoming financial and planning obstacles. Further consideration will be given to strategies that underpin the Welsh Government target of 1GW of locally owned electricity by 2030.

Discussion is expected on priorities for developing the flexible grid network needed to underpin the transition to an increasingly renewable energy supply, as well as support further decarbonisation of transport.

Further discussion will take place on the policy landscape for energy projects in Wales - with the Wales Act 2017 devolving further energy consenting powers to the Welsh Goverment for both onshore and offshore projects of up to 350MW from April 2019.

Keynote Speakers

Jennifer Pride

Head of Onshore Renewable Energy Team, Welsh Government

Tonia Antoniazzi MP

Member, House of Commons Welsh Affairs Select Committee


Councillor Carwyn Jones

Portfolio Holder, Major Projects and Economic Development, Isle of Anglesey County Council


Robert Proctor

Business Development Manager, Community Energy Wales

Steven Edwards

Project Manager, SP Energy Networks

Abid Kazim

UK Managing Director, NextEnergy Capital

Dr Nina Skorupska

Chief Executive, Renewable Energy Association

Grenville Ham

Director, The Green Valleys

Hêdd Roberts

Head of Customer & Commercial, National Grid

Kevin Bygate

Chief Executive Officer, SPECIFIC

Gerallt Llewelyn Jones

Director, Morlais Energy

Henry Dixon

Chairman, North Wales Tidal Energy

Senior speaker confirmed from Horizon Nuclear Power

John Lloyd Jones

Chair, National Infrastructure Commission for Wales

Ross Fairley

Partner and Head of Energy, Power and Utilities, Burges Salmon