Renew Wales Finalists
Swansea Community Energy & Enterprise Scheme were delighted to be finalists in the 'Community Engagement' category at the Renew Wales 2017 Awards held at the Senedd on 12th October 2017 (sponsored by our funders Robert Owen Community Bank)
The awards and Renew Wales annual conference were opened by Leslie Griffiths AM who set ambitious targets for the community ownership of renewables in Wales:
“Wales must be able to compete in global low carbon markets, particularly now we face a future outside the EU. The ability to meet our needs from clean energy is the foundation for a prosperous low carbon economy.
This is why I am today announcing targets to focus action across the country and to capture the benefits for Wales.
Firstly, I am setting a target of Wales generating 70 per cent of its electricity consumption from renewable energy by 2030.
Secondly, I am setting a target for one Gigawatt of renewable electricity capacity in Wales to be locally owned by 2030.
Finally, by 2020 I expect new renewable energy projects to have at least an element of local ownership.
I believe these are stretching but realistic targets which will help us to decarbonise our energy system, reduce long-term costs and deliver greater benefits to Wales.”
It was great to hear such positive support for both renewables and the community ownership of generation assets in Wales. We look forward to being part of this in the future.
SCEES member Dan McCallum very deservedly won the 'Lifetime Achievement Awards' for his work with Awel Aman Tawe. Congratulations Dan!