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Welsh farmers slam hydropower price hike

Welsh environmental body Natural Resources Wales has come under fire, after proposing a massive hike in the cost of new licences for hydroelectricity schemes.

The National Farmers Union says it fears the price rise from £135 to £1,500 will see farmers discouraged from producing renewable energy in the future.

Tom Sheldrick reports:

Powys wind farm plans withdrawn

Plans for a new wind farm in the Dyfnant Forest in Powys have been dropped by ScottishPower Renewables.

The company has been working on the proposals since 2008, but says it has decided not to process further, after carrying out a detailed review.

The developer said it was concerned about whether the wind farm could be financially viable.

Unfortunately, with anticipated lengthy planning processes and major grid modernisation required, we are not confident the project can be delivered in a timeframe that would make it financially viable for us.

We are currently seeking to replace our turbines at Llandinam in Mid Wales, and we await a planning decision following a lengthy Public Inquiry. We have decided to focus our onshore wind efforts in Wales on this project.

We have been an active wind power developer in Wales since 1992, and we hope that our association with renewable energy in the country will continue for many years to come.

– Simon Christian, UK Managing Director, ScottishPower Renewables


Wales 'lagging behind' Europe in renewable energy

Dr David Clubb, director of RenewableUK Cymru says support for all types of renewable energy, including onshore wind farms, is evident from today's poll, but Wales is still lagging behind other countries in the UK and Europe.

For the second consecutive year, the people of Wales have strongly confirmed their support for renewable energy across all technology types - including onshore wind.

I believe the benefits of renewable energy, including generating clean energy, ought to be spread far and wide across Wales.

Wales is blessed with a phenomenal renewable energy resource, but we still lag behind Scotland, as well as many of our European neighbours. We will continue to make the case, and to support the businesses that are a vital part in the transition to a clean, green, responsible future.

– Dr David Clubb, RenewableUK Cymru

Continued support for renewable energy, poll reveals

The poll shows 65% of people would not be put off visiting an area with a wind farm Credit: PA Images

Over two thirds of people in Wales are in favour of large scale wind projects in their local area.

That's according to a YouGov survey commissioned by Renewable UK Cymru into attitudes of Welsh people towards renewable energy.

Almost two thirds (62%) of the people questioned for the annual survey said they support the development of wind power as part of a mix of renewable and conventional energy.

The survey shows that support for renewable energy outshines conventional fossil fuels.

Just 22% of people were in favour of shale gas and 31% for nuclear to provide energy in their area.

The highest support was for solar energy, with 81% of people showing support for this.

Committee meeting hears evidence on fracking

Evidence will be given to the Environment and Sustainability Committee later on a controversial method of shale gas extraction more commonly known as fracking.

Those giving evidence include the environmental lobby group Friends of the Earth Cymru, and the group applying to test drill in south Wales UK Onshore Gas Limited.

The Director of Friends of the Earth Cymru is expected to promote the focus on renewable energy over the use of fracking.

To protect Wales from climate catastrophe we must impose a moratorium on unconventional gas extraction, as has already happened elsewhere in Europe. And we should move as swiftly as possible to a Wales powered by 100% renewable energy, providing tens of thousands of jobs in the booming green economy.

– Gareth Clubb, Director of Friends of the Earth Cymru

WWF Cymru: 'It's better to get off gas and onto renewables'

"We welcome the bill in that in gives confidence to industry to invest in renewable energy, and there's lots of jobs in that" says Alun Jones, of WWF Cymru.

"It does mean that bills will go up, maybe £60-£80 by 2020, but gas prices as prices are likely to increase by at least £175 in that time."

"It's better to get off gas, and onto renewables".