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23 Jul 2009 12:07:00

BWEA warns Wales over renewable energy targets



BWEA warns Wales over renewable energy targets
A lack of progress on renewable energy and the development of windfarms is being made in Wales, the British Wind and Energy Association (BWEA) has warned.

Releasing a new report entitled Wind Energy in Wales: State of the Industry, the organisation claimed that very few approvals for wind projects are being given out compared to other parts of the UK.

BWEA Cymru noted that Scotland and Northern Ireland are on course to meet targets for wind energy while Wales is expected to fall 800MW short of its own capacity goal for 2010.

Since it set the target in 2005 - which called for the creation of 1GW of new onshore and offshore wind power over the following five years - less than 250MW of new wind capacity has been approved.

On top of that, just 100MW has actually been built in Wales over the past four years, the report highlighted.

Maria McCaffery, chief executive of the BWEA, suggested that much needs to be done if the Welsh Assembly Government is to meet its goal of making the country self-sufficient in renewable energy by 2028.

"That bold vision requires the right political decisions to approve planning applications on the ground. As it stands today, decisions are just not being made," she added.

http://www.bwea.com/pdf/publications/WalesReport_English....

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