Re-energizing Wales using renewable energy

Plans are underway to promote the use of renewable energy in Wales.

Over the past 3 years, the Institute of Welsh Affair’s Re-energising Wales project, has undertaken intensive research into how Wales can work towards meeting its projected energy demands entirely from renewable energy sources.

On Thursday, a practical plan for Wales renewable energy was launched in Cardiff, to  provide an opportunity for stakeholders to give feedback on  their thoughts on the essential actions that have been identified by the Re-energising Wales project,in order to maximize Wales’ renewable energy sources by 2035.

Speaking during the launch of the event,Re-energising Wales Project Coordinator, Shea Buckland Jones, said that currently renewable electricity comes from wind which is 60 percent ,Solar which is 13 percent and the rest is made from other technologies.

“We have better wind speeds at some parts of  Wales compared to others, we have got marines so we can use the tides coming. So if the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining, the tides are going to help. Basically, it is about each renewable energy complementing each other,” said Mr. Jones.

According to a document published by the Welsh Government, results of a study into energy generating projects up to the end of 2017, show that Wales generated 32.5 TWh of electricity in 2017, of which 7.1 TWh was from renewable energy and 25.5 TWh from fossil fuels. Electricity equivalent to 48% of Wales’ consumption was generated from renewable energy.

The generation is spread out across Wales, showing a major shift to a more distributed model of energy generation.

David Clubb , Director of Renewable UK Cymru,  says that the project still faces some challenges.

He says “the companies which are involved are from Europe, and North West Wales is a very strong location fo rthe projectat the moment but the problem for that sector is that it is a very early stage technology,it needs guaranteed support from the UK govt. to have an additional rise or value for the electricity .The UK  govt has still not provided that certainty.”

He adds that most of these renewable energies depend in one way or another on sunlight. Wind and hydroelectric power are the direct result of differential heating of the earth’s surface which leads to air moving about and precipitation forming as the air is lifted, while Solar energy is the direct conversion of sunlight using panels or collectors.

Several countries have already shown steep increase in the use of renewable energy. Iceland gets 85% of the country’s electricity from earth’s heat. Electricity derived is 100% from renewable sources like hydropower and geothermal. Norway also generates around 98% renewable and uses hydroelectric , geothermal and wind to achieve its goal. Scotland has a mandate to become 100% renewable by 2020.



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