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.
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