Policy Forum for Wales

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

Morning, Tuesday, 4th December 2018

Central Cardiff


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

Guest of Honour

Lesley Griffiths AM

Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Welsh Government


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

Henry Dixon

Chairman, North Wales Tidal Energy

Tonia Antoniazzi MP

Member, Welsh Affairs Committee

Senior speaker confirmed from Horizon Nuclear Power

Ross Fairley

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