Wind energy may provide 'substantial economic benefits'
Renewable energy trade association, RenewableUK Cymru, welcomes the report into wind energy.
The report found that investment in wind energy could provide up to 2,000 new jobs in Wales.
The report demonstrates that onshore wind energy could provide substantial economic benefits for Wales and also help us to become a more sustainable nation. The opportunity will only arise if the industry is enabled to meet Welsh Government aspirations for onshore wind, which in turn requires a much higher consenting rate.
Without a significant shift in the consenting rate, and in the overall approach of planning policy in Wales to this sector, we will continue to be held hostage by rising fossil fuel prices and we will fail to meet our renewable energy ambitions with a corresponding missed opportunity to generate livelihoods for more than 2,000 people every year in Wales.
This report is a welcome addition to the body of evidence that demonstrates that a low carbon transition is not just an environmental imperative, but also a significant economic opportunity for Wales.
The Welsh Government will be working with the industry and looking to them to demonstrate how, with our help, they ensure that job creation and GVA share are delivered against the expectations set out in this report.
We continue to believe the Welsh Government is best placed to align Wales' energy aspirations with the needs of our communities. That is why we have repeatedly called upon the UK Government to transfer the power over the consenting of large-scale energy projects to the Welsh Government, in line with the powers already devolved to Scotland and Northern Ireland.
– John Griffiths, Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development
Building windfarms in Wales could create up to 2,000 jobs, and be worth more than £2bn to the economy. That's according to a report being launched by the Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, John Griffiths, this morning.
The report estimates that while construction and manufacturing could see a benefit from the development of onshore wind farms, the economic benefits would be seen across a range of sectors.