The Welsh Labour Government's unambitious record on energy is plain to see. Carbon emission reduction targets have been missed, advice for community energy projects has been delayed and investment in renewable research and development has been lacking.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats want to power Wales' future with green and community-based energy. Our vision is for Wales to become zero-carbon by 2050, improving efficiency to reduce our demand while producing enough renewable and low-carbon energy to cover our own needs and export overseas.
As part of the Westminster Coalition, we've already delivered for Wales. We have:
- Invested £3bn in a Green Investment Bank, a world-first way of funding renewable energy projects
- Enabled local collective switching schemes, allowing communities to work together and negotiate a cheaper price for their electricity
- Secured plans for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, powering 120,000 Welsh homes with clean energy and bringing much needed green jobs to the area
But we want to go further. The Welsh Liberal Democrats will:
- Focus on community-scale renewable energy, including changing planning laws to make it easier to grant applications and expanding support to set up local co-operatives
- Direct planning authorities to reject fracking applications in Wales until safety and environmental concerns are addressed to the highest standard
- Revise Government guidance on wind farms to reduce the concentration on rural mid Wales, minimise pylons and expand the potential of offshore wind