Welsh councils granted £7.5m to boost recycling

Recycling in Wales is currently said to be 12% above the UK average

Welsh minister reaffirms oil industry support

Welsh Secretary of State Alun Cairns is to emphasise the UK Government’s commitment to supporting the nation’s oil industry during a visit to Pembrokeshire later today. He plans to visit petroleum firm Valero’s refinery, where he will inspect the site and learn more about the company’s operations. Mr Cairns will undertake a tour of the […]

Wales offers 100% rates relief for community hydro

Community hydro projects with a value of up to £50,000 will receive 100% rates relief in Wales. The new grant scheme, which will start in April, will also cap the increase in business rates for other small-scale developments to 10% or £1,000 where there was no previous liability. It will be application-based and hydro projects […]

Geothermal project at Welsh mine awarded £6.5m

The government has awarded a £6.5 million grant to a geothermal energy project in Wales. The project in Bridgend will pump naturally-heated water from an old coal mine called the Caerau Colliery and use it to heat 150 homes. The scheme, which is estimated to cost a total of around £9.4 million, will pump water […]

Wales offers to directly invest in Swansea Bay lagoon

The Welsh Government has offered to invest in the £1.3 billion Swansea Tidal Lagoon project. The money is intended to kickstart plans for the clean project nearly a year after the Hendry Review backed it as a cost-effective pilot to test the technology – the local council has set up a clock to track the […]

The clock’s ticking on Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

A giant clock in Swansea city centre has begun counting down the days until the one-year anniversary of the Hendry Review, which voiced support for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project. The move by Swansea Council aims to highlight the government’s slow pace in responding to the report, which was published on the 12th of […]

Planned power plant in Wales ‘could supply 150k homes’

A planned gas-fired power station in Wales could generate power for 150,000 homes. That’s according to the site’s potential developer, Abergelli Power, which is owned by energy giant Drax Power. The firm hopes to build the rapid response open cycle gas turbine power station at a farm near Swansea. It says the £100 million project would […]

Water firm branches out with food waste-to-energy plant

A Welsh water firm has acquired a food waste recycling plant in Cardiff. Welsh Water Infrastructure, a part of the not-for-profit Glas Cymru group, hopes to use the anaerobic digestion (AD) and composting plant as part of its plans to further develop its clean energy business. The facility is located within the company’s Cardiff Wastewater […]

UK’s climate targets ‘could prove harder for Wales’

The UK’s climate change targets could prove more difficult for Wales. That’s the suggestion from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which has made a series of recommendations for the country to meet its emissions targets. It says it will be more challenging for Wales to reduce its emissions due to the Welsh economy’s reliance […]

Thumbs up for Wales’ largest solar storage project

Planning permission has been granted for the largest solar and storage project in Wales. The 49.9MW scheme on Anglesey will generate enough electricity to power around 15,500 UK homes or 14,000 electric vehicles every year. Developed by Countryside Renewables, the project is expected to help save around 612,000 tonnes of carbon over its 30-year lifetime. […]