In September 2017 the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs announced new, ambitious targets for energy generation in Wales:
1. Wales to generate 70 per cent of its electricity consumption from renewable energy by 2030
2. 1 gigawatt (GW) of renewable electricity capacity in Wales to be locally owned by 2030
3. Renewable energy projects to have at least an element of local ownership by 2020
Following this announcement the Welsh Government requested a call for evidence that will aid them in ensuring they have the right framework to deliver these targets and increase prosperity in Wales.
Whilst we recognise the benefits of locally owned energy in the various forms set out in the Call for evidence we here at Community Energy Wales feel that it is important to recognise the additional value that Community Ownership provides. We believe that community and socially owned energy best deliver the aims of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and therefore should be supported and incentivised to deliver the maximum benefit to Wales and our communities.
If you would like to read our response in more detail, please click here: Local Energy response
In this document we hope to set out the case for Welsh Government to build on the commitments set out in this Call for Evidence to ensure that the value of community and social ownership is recognised, supported and encouraged to bring the maximum value for Welsh communities.