Those in attendance examined the current policy framework for renewable energy. Delegates considered the Welsh Government’s electricity generation targets, carbon budgets and retaining Gross Value Added in Wales from generation.
Further discussion was held on the challenges that Wales’ grid capacity presents to the development of energy projects, particularly in relation to cost and how this has impacted efforts to successfully deliver energy projects. Delegates also discussed the necessity of ensuring flexibility within the grid system to underpin the transition to an increasingly renewable energy supply, as well as further support efforts to decarbonise transport.
Delegates examined the current energy market - as well as giving consideration to future projected trends - for investment and the development of the renewable energy sector. This included tackling the challenges to developing future projects and the role which innovation and alternative renewable sources can play in the development of the renewables sector in Wales, in particular the role that storage will play in this market.
Sessions also considered the development of community energy projects and scrutinised the role and performance to date of local authorities in supporting community energy projects, with the poor speed of delivery and support being a recurrent theme.
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