Plaid call for Green Energy Summit to boost Welsh economy and environment


Plaid Cymru MP Elfyn Llwyd has used today’s Welsh Questions session in Parliament to call for a Green Energy Summit in Wales, welcoming the Secretary of State’s positive response.

Speaking after the session, Mr Llwyd said that Wales’ growing green energy generation sector would be given a significant boost if politicians, policy-makers and sector leaders came together to explore new possibilities for the industry’s future.

Mr Llwyd pointed to projects such as the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoons, the energy island on Ynys Mon and mid-Wales’ solar industry jobs as examples of how Wales’ abundance of natural resources can be harnessed, and called for the Summit to be held in the Trawsfynydd Enterprise Zone to ensure maximum benefits for both the economy and the environment.

Mr Llwyd said:

“I am pleased to have been met with such a positive response from the Welsh Secretary of State and welcome his pledge to explore the prospect of a Green Energy Summit for Wales.

“Wales is well placed in the energy generation sector in terms of resources, people and skills. We have an abundance of natural resources whose potential, if harnessed properly, could protect the environment and help create a green and sustainable economy.

“A Welsh Energy Summit would bring together politicians, policy-makers, and sector leaders to make progress with existing proposed projects such as the energy island on Ynys Mon, and explore new possibilities for generating clean, renewable energy.

“The Trawsfynydd Enterprise Zone would provide an ideal location for the Summit. The site has huge potential to generate and develop renewable energy as well as green jobs, and symbolises how Wales could bring about a second industrial revolution within the energy sector.

“The potential of Wales’ natural resources is huge and the motive for harnessing it is clear – both environmentally and economically. However, due to the current inadequate devolution settlement, Westminster still pulls the strings and Wales lacks the means to control her own major energy projects.

“Plaid Cymru expect to see a significant transfer of powers as a result of the second part of the Silk Commission so that we can push ahead with ambitious projects that will make Wales a greener and more prosperous nation.”