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Wales and the UK lag far behind our European neighbours and some states in the USA regarding local energy production. Our film urges the Welsh government and local authorities to rectify this. Contributors include: former MP Alan Simpson; Calvin Jones, Professor of Economics Cardiff University; and local practitioners.


Sustainable Wales visits the 2017 RENEW Wales Annual Conference to learn how the community groups are influencing the low carbon agenda in Wales.

Thanks to all our contributors: Paul Allen - ‘Zero Carbon Britain’ Coordinator, Centre Alternative Technology. Robert Proctor - Renew Wales Programme Director/Business Manager Community Energy Wales; Amy Cameron -10:10 Director of Operations, Chris Small - Director Swansea Community Energy & Enterprise Scheme (SCEES)

Other films about community energy are on our YouTube channel

Producer: Sustainable Wales Productions; Film and Editing - Eamon Bourke, Park6Productions and Margaret Minhinnick, Director Sustainable Wales.

OUR POWER / ynni ni

Chwyldro Ynni  Bwrdeistref Sirol Penybont? Mae rhaid i Gymru ddatgarboneiddio, ac mae Cyngor Bwrdeistef Sirol Penybont ar Ogwr yn arwain datblygiadau newydd 

  • Pynciau pwysig y gweithdy oedd
  • Darganfod y dyfodol a phosibilrwydd o ddwr danddaerol y pyllau glo
  • Cychwyn profion cwsmer yn y ty, a systemau cynhesu ‘hybrid’ yn y ty
  • Perchnogaeth a buddion yn aros yn yr ardal
  • Creu swyddi lleol yn y gymuned, ac adfywio’r economi
  • Ymchwilio rhwydweithiau gwres trefol ac ynni
  • Datblygu Cydweithredolau ‘Ynni Lleol’
  • Democrataidd, datganoledig a diogel
  • Bydd Ynni Lleol yn bwysig iawn yn ein dyfodol 

Bridgend’s Energy Revolution? Wales must decarbonise and Bridgend Council is at the forefront in developing ways forward.

The workshop outlined:

  • Investigations into the heat potential of underground mine-water  
  • household hybrid heating systems
  • Undertaking consumer trials
  • Ownership and benefits stay local
  • Creating Local jobs in the community and revitalising the local economy
  • Exploring town heat and power networks
  • Developing local energy cooperatives
  • Democratic, decentralised and secure
  • Local energy will be very important in our future

Friends of Taff Bargoed Hydro Scheme

The Friends are a lead voluntary organisation  championing the future vision of the Taff Bargoed Park. Local Authority cut-backs threaten the management of parks as they are not a statutory requirement. The group wish to maintain the park for the benefit of the public, the conservation and the protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment.  To develop a hydro scheme  onto an existing cascade was an obvious solution.

Awel Aman Tawe

Awel Aman Tawe is a community energy project working to make a difference to the lives of people at the top of the Swansea and Amman Valleys. It aims to bring clean electricity, jobs and regeneration to the villages near the Mynydd y Gwrhyd. It has planning permission to build a two-turbine community wind farm high up on the Gwrhyd, a £6million asset that will bring low carbon energy and construction contracts to the area, together with an annual income stream from the sale of electricity of some £200,000 that will help to fund local projects. 

Transition Bro Gwaun's Community Turbine

In the summer of 2011, Transition Bro Gwaun’s renewables group, with support from the Welsh Government’s community renewables programme, Ynni’r Fro, started to look for sites for a local community wind turbine. Four years later they have a turbine up and running!


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