The surfing champion showing how Wales' wild weather can be used help tackle climate change

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An adaptive surfing champion from Abersoch is raising awareness of how the weather could help generate renewable energy in a bid to tackle climate change.

As a surfer, the power of the wind has shaped Llwelyn Williams' career and he is now on a mission to show people in Wales how it could also be used to produce cleaner energy.

Llywelyn said: "I started surfing with a youth club when I was twelve, then I got run over when I was sixteen and lost my leg.

"As soon as I got back into the water I fell in love with the ocean and started surfing.

"For a lot of adaptive surfers it's the same, as soon as you get into the water everything clears."

Llwelyn's surfing career, which has seen him represent Wales in competition, has allowed him to see the world.

But nothing beats his home.

"I've surfed from Bali to California, but catching waves off the coast of Wales will always remain the most special place for me," he said.

The wild weather of Wales, which makes it such a haven for surfing, also makes it a great source of green energy - something which Llwelyn is keen to highlight.

He said: "The Welsh wind isn't just perfect for surfing it's also a great source of renewable energy.

“We should be harnessing the power of our amazing Welsh weather more.”

As part of the campaign to combat climate change, Llywelyn is urging people to get a smart meter so the public can better understand their energy use and the availability of renewable energy in the UK.

The UK has almost 40 offshore wind farms and 2,500 onshore wind farms across the country producing 25GW of electricity a year.

But Llywelyn warns that "power from wind farms is under-utilised because our energy infrastructure is not as intelligent as we need it to be."

The UK has almost 40 offshore wind farms

Energy from wind farms is the most cost-effective option for new electricity in the UK. That's why Llywelyn is keen to "encourage everyone to have a smart meter" so people can monitor and understand their energy use as well as save money.

 "It amazed me how much money you actually can save by turning things off that are on standby," he said.

Fflur Lawton from Smart Energy GB Wales explained: "We have teamed up with Llywelyn to spread the message that having a smart meter helps combat climate change by allowing us to use more renewable energy from our powerful weather. "

 Nearly a quarter of the UK's electricity was generated by wind turbines in 2020, but less than a third of Welsh residents are aware of how much energy is generated from renewable sources and that wind is the largest source of renewable energy.

"94% of people in Wales are unaware that a smart meter could increase our country's use of renewable energy," Fflur said.

"A smart energy system, that can make better use of energy generated by our wind and sun, is an essential part of Britain's commitment to achieving Net Zero carbon emissions."