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Labour’s plans over renewable energy generation in turmoil

19/10/2021

The Labour First Minister has contradicted his own policy on energy devolution in the Senedd this afternoon. In response to a question from Plaid Cymru AM Elin Jones, Carwyn Jones said that he believes that windfarm applications over 100MW should be decided by the Welsh government and not by the Westminster government. Previously the Labour government’s policy, as outlined in their recent programme for government, was that only windfarm applications up to 100MW should be decided in Wales.

Speaking following the First Minister’s response, Plaid Cymru’s Elin Jones AM said:

“I asked the First Minister why he believed that a windfarm such as Nantymoch in Ceredigion which is 120MW should be decided by a Westminster Secretary of State, while the 80MW Mynydd y Gwynt windfarm a few miles away would be better decided by a Welsh Minister. Previously, the First Minister has stated that only windfarms up to 100MW should be devolved to Wales. Unexpectedly today he said that those over 100MW would be better determined in Wales. Either he has finally admitted that Labour’s stance is indefensible or he does not know what his own policy is.

“Plaid Cymru has long campaigned for the devolution of powers over energy to Wales. It is only by having these powers devolved Wales, that we will be able to harness the full potential of energy generation for the good of our communities, our economy and our environment. Labour’s plans over renewable energy are clearly in turmoil.”