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Welsh homeowners fear rising energy prices

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A survey found that rising energy prices were causing concerns.

Nearly three quarters of homeowners in Wales fear rising energy prices, more than any other region in the UK, according to a recent survey by Kingfisher.

Over a third of homeowners surveyed also said that their second biggest fear was keeping the home, with the third biggest fear being general maintenance and upkeep.

Funding for energy sector training 'fantastic news'

Ken Skates, the Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, has hailed £2.3m of funding for training in the energy sector as "fantastic news."

The funding will focus on preparing people for work on major developments on Anglesey, especially Wylfa Newydd, the planned nuclear power station.

I’m delighted to announce this additional £2.3 million of funding from the Welsh Government to support the Energy Island Programme.This is fantastic news for Anglesey and the surrounding region.

A project as ambitious and wide-ranging as this will require a highly skilled workforce with the experience, knowledge and expertise to meet the demands of the energy industry, particularly when it comes to both the construction and operation of Wylfa Newydd.

This investment means that Grwp Llandrillo Menai can both expand its training provision and build on its links with industry to deliver the kind of practical, hands-on work placements that learners will need.

I’m also particularly pleased that, thanks to this funding, apprentices will be at the forefront of Energy Island’s development. Having work-ready young people in place to support major projects will make such a difference and, in the long-term, can only strengthen the region’s labour pool.

– Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology

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Boost for training in Wales' energy sector announced

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The investment will focus on preparing people for work on major developments on Anglesey, especially Wylfa Newydd. Credit: Horizon Nuclear Power

The Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates, has announced a £2.3m investment in training for Wales’ energy sector.

This will focus on preparing people for work on major developments on Anglesey, especially Wylfa Newydd, the planned nuclear power station.

The boost was announced at a crucial meeting with Grwp Llandrillo Menai leaders at the Coleg Menai Energy Centre at Llangefni.

The centre is set to be the hub for programmes for a huge range of engineering, construction and support activities.

The investment will also be a major boost for apprenticeships, to ensure work-ready people are available as major projects build momentum. The Grwp has already established a successful apprenticeship employment agency, Cwmni Prentis Menai, and plans to build on its initial success.

Read more: Anglesey residents have their say on Wylfa Newydd

Neighbour 'horrified' at potential extent of clock errors

Retired engineer Gary Day, who says he saved himself and three neighbours more than £2,300 after discovering their electricity meter clocks were wrong, told Which? magazine: "I have only checked four meters and every single one of them was wrong.

"I am horrified that there might be hundreds of others that have these clock errors and don't realise it."

'Millions could be losing out' over wrong meter clocks

Consumer watchdog Which? has warned electricity meter clocks showing the wrong time are going unnoticed Credit: Jens Buettner

A retired engineer from South Wales says he has saved himself and three neighbours more than £2,300 after discovering their electricity meter clocks were wrong.

Gary Day said two replacement meters failed and he was wrongly told his clock would automatically adjust to British Summer Time.

His neighbour Andrew Murphy claimed back around £800 after discovering his clock was about three hours out.

Certain tariffs offer customers a lower rate for electricity during some hours and a higher rate for others.

Consumer group Which? is now warning up to 3.9 million households reliant on these tariffs could be paying too much due to the incorrect meter clocks.

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Energy price rise for Welsh customers

Delivery costs are partly blamed. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/PA Images

Around a million households in Wales will see energy costs rise from today.

The owners of SWALEC, SSE, announced last month an average hike of 8.2 per cent.

It says that equates to two pounds a week for a typical dual fuel customer.

Wholesale prices and environmental, social and delivery costs are said to be to blame.

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