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The Welsh Government has today published a consultation on achieving an ‘”ambitious but credible” target of meeting 100% of its electricity needs from renewables by 2035.

Currently Wales generates just over half (55%) of its electricity from renewables. The announcement made today by Climate Change Minister Julie James includes a target of  achieving 1.5GW of ‘locally owned’ renewable energy capacity by 2035, excluding heat pumps. A target of 5.5GW for heat pumps has also been included, however this is based on reductions in the cost of the technology and additional support from the UK Government.

Climate Change Minister Julie James said:

“Our previous targets signalled our high ambitions for renewable energy and this Government’s desire to move away from a use of, and reliance on, fossil fuels.

“However, the climate crisis shows that we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. Providing new targets compels us to stride towards Net Zero as quickly as we realistically can. The evidence is clear that towards the end of this decade we will need to rapidly ramp up our generation of electricity to meet our energy needs.

“The renewable energy target proposals that we are consulting on today are ambitious, but credible.

“I am very pleased that they propose a pathway for us to meet the equivalent of 100% of our annual electricity consumption from renewable electricity by 2035, and to continue to keep pace with consumption thereafter.”

Julie James went on to highlight that developments in both infrastructure and the supply chain would be essential if these targets are to be met.

The Minister also unveiled details of £1m funding to explore the potential of offshore wind, a grant that is to be matched by Associated British Ports for preparatory work to enable future floating offshore wind projects to deploy from Wales.

Andrew Harston, Regional Director, Wales & Short Sea Ports said:

“Associated British Ports warmly welcomes this early-stage support from Welsh Government to help kick start the development of a major green energy hub at Port Talbot. This support is key to the construction of transformational infrastructure, which will enable the manufacturing, integration and assembly of floating offshore wind components at Port Talbot.

“The roll-out of floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity for South Wales to lead a global market and will play a major role in contributing to Wales and the UK’s net zero targets.”


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