Policy Forum for Wales

Priorities for energy policy: the future for major projects, renewables and community energy

December 2018

It will be an opportunity to consider the implications for future major energy projects in Wales in light of the UK Government’s decision to not support the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project and the announcement of the Wylfa power plant deal.

Delegates will also examine the current policy framework for renewable energy and consider strategies that will be required to meet the Welsh Government’s target of sourcing 70% of Wales’ energy requirements from renewable energy sources by 2030.

They will also assess the evolving role of local authorities in energy projects and the challenges that are associated with increasing the level of community owned energy projects including overcoming financial and planning obstacles. Further consideration will be given to strategies that underpin the Welsh Government target of 1GW of locally owned electricity by 2030.

Discussion is expected on priorities for developing the flexible grid network needed to underpin the transition to an increasingly renewable energy supply, as well as support further decarbonisation of transport.

Further discussion will take place on the policy landscape for energy projects in Wales - with the Wales Act 2017 devolving further energy consenting powers to the Welsh Government for both onshore and offshore projects of up to 350MW from April 2019.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates