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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.


Developer 'disappointed' as wind farm plan refused

The developer RES says it is "disappointed" by Powys County Council's rejection of its plans to build a wind farm at Garreg Lwyd Hill in Radnorshire.

It said the wind farm would have provided a "safe, secure and low-carbon source of electricity" and "brought benefits to the local community."

We are deeply disappointed by the decision today. We felt that the evidence we had presented in the original application and supplementary reports clearly demonstrated that the wind farm would have no significant effects on local people, the local environment or local wildlife. In addition, the wind farm was proposed for a site lying entirely within an area designated for renewable energy development.

The vast majority of people now accept that fossil fuels are running out. The UK already imports more than 50 per cent of its gas from other countries, leaving us increasingly vulnerable to global political and financial fluctuations. It is very difficult to understand why the council would reject an environmentally friendly and beneficial energy-generating scheme like this wind farm.

Powys County Council should explain how it intends to fulfil its responsibilities to secure a reliable and sustainable energy supply, if high quality and benign projects like Garreg Lwyd Wind Farm are turned down.

– Richard Evans, RES Head of Development in Wales

Powys Council rejects Radnorshire wind farm plan

Powys County Council has refused plans for a wind farm near Llanbadarn Fynydd, in Radnorshire.

Developer RES says the Garreg Lwyd Hill Wind Farm proposal consists of 23 turbines, at a maximum height of 126.5m, which would generate enough electricity to power more than half of the homes in Powys.

Developer RES says the wind farm would make a genuine contribution to renewable energy targets. Credit: Garreg Lwyd Hill Wind Farm

It is located within an area designated by the Welsh Government for renewable energy development.

Members of the authority's planning committee have unanimously voted to refuse consent to the application today.

Controversial Carmarthenshire wind farm approved

Local people have opposed plans to build a wind farm on the edge of the Brechfa Forest for years.

The UK Government has granted approval for the building of a controversial wind farm in Carmarthenshire.

The Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm will consist of 28 turbines up to 145 metres tall. It will have a capacity of between 56 and 84 megawatts.

Local people have opposed the RWE npower development, saying it will ruin the area's ecology and landscape.