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Wales criticised for missing sustainable energy targets as figures show reduction in use of renewables

The Welsh Government has been criticised for its lack of commitment to renewable energy after figures showed a reduction in the amount of electricity produced from renewable sources last year.

Less electricity was generated from renewables in Wales in 2010 than in 2008, according to figures from the UK Government.

A spokesperson for Friends of the Earth said that while green power in Wales was going backwards, the rest of the UK ramped up renewable generation by more than 20 per cent.

Gareth Clubb, Director of Friends of the Earth Cymru, said:

“We’re constantly told that Wales is ahead of the game in sustainability. But the Welsh Government’s flagship target on renewable energy has been missed by such a huge margin it’s embarrassing.

“While green energy generation has steadily grown around the world, in Wales we’re going backwards. Every other country in the UK has moved ahead – Scotland now produces nearly six times more renewable energy than Wales .

“Welsh Minsters need to wake up to the fact that renewables like solar, wind and tidal power mean jobs. Wales has tremendous potential to deliver green, clean energy, and to benefit from the thousands of jobs it will bring.

“Clearly something has gone badly wrong in Wales if progress everywhere else in the UK is on track. If this failure is a result of Westminster dragging its heels over desperately needed renewable energy infrastructure, then the Welsh Government needs to start shaking things up.”

1.6TWh of renewable energy was generated in Wales in 2010. The Welsh Government’s target for 2010 was 4TWh.

Below: Energy Trends in the UK report:

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