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Community Energy questions For Political Parties

Sustainable Wales and Community Energy Wales have set out some of the challenges and opportunities for Locally owned Energy in the following resources.

This is a guide to some questions you could put to candidates in the upcoming 2016 Welsh Elections.

You can download these questions as a Word document. The questions can also be downloaded in the form of a letter to send to your candidate:

Word document (English language version) and Word document (Cymraeg) for printing.

RTF document (English language, works in most word processors and text editors or copy and paste into your email etc.) 121kb

Members of Community Energy Wales want to see:

  • Targets for community energy in Wales
  • A right of local supply
  • Easing of the planning process for Community Renewables
  • Measures to address grid constraints
  • A community right to buy in Wales
  • Co-ordinated and co-designed support for Community Energy in Wales

Questions to ask...

Have you seen Sustainable Wales' Film on Community Energy?  How would you address some of the issues and opportunities outlined in the film?

Shine a Light?

Would your party advance the recommendations outlined in a ‘Smarter Energy Future For Wales’ prepared by the National Assembly Environment and Sustainability Committee published March 2016 to support the transition to Renewable locally owned energy supply in Wales.

  • Establish an umbrella ‘not for profit’ energy services company, which would allow LA’s city regions or communities to offer an energy supply locally.
  • Urge UK government to enable OFGEM to allow prioritisation of local supply to local people.
  • Aim to meet all of Wales energy needs from renewables in the context of a need for a carbon emissions reduction by 2050.
  • Establish that carbon emissions and reduction targets become local duties for local authorities.
  • Have a greater say in how the grid, Distribution Network Operators and energy companies operate.
  • Provide and facilitate support for energy storage to promote local supply.
  • Amend and streamline planning policy to prioritise local and community owned renewable projects.
  • Provide support for and advice for local community energy projects at all government levels assisting and working with CEW and partners such as ROCBF on alternative financing options for schemes.

What can Wales do to overcome the challenges imposed by the UK government in Westminster with the reduction of the FIT and the removal of the Enterprise Investment Scheme for those investing in Community Owned Energy?

  • Would your party support a separate Welsh ‘Feed in Tariff’ for renewable energy or community owned renewables generated in Wales. 
  • Enable the use of Public buildings and land for Community Owned Energy
  • Buy your energy from local Welsh sources of Renewable Energy
  • How would you propose to overcome the challenges of an outdated and constrained electricity grid in Wales
  • Should there be a ‘Welsh electricity grid’ and who should own it
  • Should Welsh Government invest in upgrading the grid where there are constraints?

Why isn’t your party communicating more clearly the urgency of climate change?

It seems likely that the nuclear power plant at Hinkley C is not going to go ahead.  What is your alternative, how is locally owned Energy part of the solution?

What Energy powers should be devolved to Wales?


A Smarter Energy Future for Wales report

A Smarter Energy Future for Wales report is published:

The key messages from the Committee are:

If Wales is to meet its climate change obligation of at least an 80% reduction by 2050 we need to change the way we think about energy; its generation, distribution, storage and conservation. The landmark deal on climate change in Paris last December sets a framework for Wales to accelerate its action in this area, making real strides towards reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and setting the bar high for a new energy model.

Leadership is key to achieving an energy transformation, with a clear and stable policy direction paving the way. This policy must lead Wales to a decarbonised energy system, with the aim of Wales meeting all of its energy needs from renewable sources. Local energy supply to local markets is a cornerstone of this new policy, and, whilst larger-scale inward investment projects will continue to play a part in providing energy security, diffused local solutions must also feature highly in a future renewable, sustainable energy jigsaw.

Energy conservation and demand reduction must be addressed, and are areas where Wales holds the necessary levers and powers to take action now. Both new buildings and existing housing stock present opportunities to improve energy efficiency.

Find out more:

Read the full briefing 

Up to date history of the debate surrounding this issue from the Environment and Sustainability Committee at the National Assembly for Wales.

Download the report (PDF 5.5mb English language version, the above briefing link is available in Welsh). PDF link will open in a new window. Our Shine a Light? Community Energy links and resources page has this document and more...