The Welsh Government has set out a series of actions it will take to reduce the country’s energy consumption and boost clean energy use.
Lesley Griffiths, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs said the new steps will help Wales become a “nation renowned for clean energy”.
The government has committed to review building regulations for more energy efficient homes and invest in more projects of this kind to reduce energy bills for consumers.
It will also support the energy intensive industries to become more efficient and take action to phase out unabated coal-fired power plants by 2025.
The government will ensure Wales secures transformational benefits from major energy projects such as Wylfa Newydd and Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and will set ambitious targets for renewables, including community energy.
Ms Griffiths said: “If we are to deliver secure and affordable low carbon energy, we need an energy mix of different technologies and scales, from community level to major projects. I am keen to move this agenda forward so Wales benefits from this change rather than being left behind.”
“However, it is frustrating that the UK Government continues to create uncertainty in energy policy, with decisions driving the market away from the lowest cost renewable sources and undermining investor confidence in renewable energy here in Wales. This must change.”