Renewable Energy Ambition in Wales
“If we take advantage of the opportunities, we can create new businesses and jobs, empower consumers and help people save up to £40bn off their energy bills in the coming decades” (Ofgem)
In September 2017 the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs announced new, ambitious targets for energy generation in Wales:
- Wales to generate 70 per cent of its electricity consumption from renewable energy by 2030 (43% in 2016)
- 1 gigawatt (GW) of renewable electricity capacity in Wales to be locally owned by 2030 – (575MW in 2016)
- Renewable energy projects to have at least an element of local ownership by 2020 – (17% in 2016)
The Infrastructure Commission Smart Power Report from March 2016 highlights the potential weakness for future daily demand if we still have a sub-optimal power system. WPD sees this as an opportunity to make a role transition from a distribution network operator to a distribution system operator. This will result in quicker, more efficient connections for new active energy system participants.