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Energy Prices: The Real Story

By Fiona Scott When you set out to make a film about something as general as energy prices, you never really know where the film is going to go. What is this story going to look like? For the team here at ITV Wales it took us into the realms of fuel poverty – a … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Guest blog: Scrutinizing TAN 8

We’re running guest blogs from the four main political parties in Wales on the subject of environment and development in the country. Russell George, Conservative AM for Montgomeryshire By Russell George I have found the last few weeks as a member of the National Assembly’s Environment and Sustainability Committee absolutely fascinating. For those not aware, the … Continue reading

Guest blog: The ‘trust deficit’ that threatens a sustainable future for Wales

We’re running guest blogs from the four main political parties in Wales on the subject of environment and development in the country. William Powell, Liberal Democrat AM for Mid & West Wales, calls for a renewable energy strategy that balances Wales’ energy needs with input from local communities. By William Powell AM Few would disagree with our … Continue reading

Covanta withdraw application to build £400m Brig y Cwm biomass plant

Plans for a massive biomass plant near Merthyr Tydfil will not go ahead after the energy company behind the Brig y Cwm development confirmed they were pulling out of the project. A spokesperson for Covanta said: “Covanta energy has decided to withdraw its application for the Brig y Cwm project in Merthyr Tydfil.” According to … Continue reading

Guest blog: ‘Wales must make greatest possible use of the wealth from our resources’

We’re running guest blogs from the four main political parties in Wales, on the subject of environment and development in the country. Simon Thomas, Plaid Cymru AM for Mid and West Wales, calls for a national ‘wealth fund’ to be set up. By Simon Thomas AM A crucial question for the future of Wales is … Continue reading

Anglesey tidal engery scheme a step closer

Plans by Marine Current Turbines and its project partner RWE npower renewables to install and operate Wales’s first-ever tidal energy farm have moved a step closer with the granting of an Agreement for Lease by The Crown Estate for the Skerries Tidal Stream Array, which is proposed for the waters off the coast of Anglesey, … Continue reading

Your say: The cost of rising energy prices

Scottish Power was the first of the big energy providers to raise its prices yesterday. See the full video report. Here’s what you had to say about the matter: James Morgan writes on Facebook: All of them are making obscene profits. The government should act to place a cap on the amount they can charge … Continue reading

Guest blog: One rural dweller’s frustration with fuel prices

By Andrew Lye Since being asked some three hours ago to write a piece on the impact of fuel prices on my way of life, I have just been from my home in Johnston, to do a job in Goodwick, near Fishguard. A 41-mile round trip. I am like most people in Wales and the … Continue reading

Power(s) politics in Welsh Government

The First Minister announced this afternoon which financial powers he thinks should be given to the Welsh Government over the next few years: Fair funding through reform of the Barnett formula as “a priority”. Borrowing powers “for parity with other devolved nations”. Some taxation powers including landfill tax stamp duty land tax, aggregates levy and … Continue reading

Guest blog: Siân Lloyd — Wind farms in Wales would be ‘vandalism’

Siân Lloyd is a weather presenter and campaigner against the plan to erect wind farms in Mid Wales. She joined more than 1,000 others on the Senedd steps to protest on Tuesday. Now, she writes an exclusive guest blog arguing why wind power isn’t right for a green Wales. By Siân Lloyd I’ve been banging … Continue reading

Talking points: No to Severn Barrage scheme but possible Welsh energy hopes as Wylfa makes nuclear site list

Two potential energy projects – two very different stories. Today Energy Secretary Chris Huhne said the government would drop plans for a Severn Barrage tidal scheme because of its prohibitive costs. A move described as “equally disastrous” for the economy and the environment by Shadow Welsh Secretary Peter Hain. Mr. Huhne rejected the plans today … Continue reading

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