This seminar discussed the priorities for energy policy in Wales, it followed the introduction of devolved responsibilities under the Wales Act. Bringing together policymakers and key stakeholders, the agenda included a keynote address from Lesley Griffiths AM, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Welsh Government.
Delegates assessed what the new responsibilities for energy generation projects under 350MW will mean for stakeholders, including the electricity network, energy companies, communities and consumers across Wales. They also examined the next steps in the development of the Swansea Tidal Lagoon and Wylfa Newydd projects, with further keynote contributions from Mark Shorrock, Chief Executive, Tidal Lagoon Power and Sasha Davies, Head of Strategic Development Wales, Horizon Nuclear Power.
Further sessions examined Wales’ access to the Contracts for Difference (CfD) mechanism and the potential for future access to CfD for onshore wind - with the second allocation round already underway. The barriers to investment in the renewables sector were also considered, following the announcement of a new Welsh Government target - to generate 70% of Wales’ electricity through renewable sources by 2030.
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