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Our policies and actions to help create a sustainable, low carbon economy for Wales.

Wales was once a world leader in carbon-based energy. We want Wales to be the same for low carbon energy.

We remain committed to the ambitions set out in Energy Wales:

  • To use energy more efficiently,
  • To reduce our reliance on energy generated from fossil fuels,
  • To actively manage the transition to a low carbon economy.

We want to ensure that the move to a low carbon economy results in a wealthier, more resilient and sustainable future for Wales. We want to work in partnership with all sectors to make this happen. Working with business to deliver these aims is one of our major priorities.
Wales has assets in almost all low carbon energy sources, which helps generate around a fifth of our energy and creates employment.

  • Wales produced 7.2% of electricity generated in the UK in 2015.
  • Gas generated almost 20% of all electricity created in Wales.
  • The proportion of low carbon electricity generated in 2015, including nuclear, was almost 36%.

We will continue our flagship energy efficiency programmes, focusing on vulnerable people at risk of fuel poverty. This future-proofs homes against rising energy prices, reduces emissions and helps people stay warm and healthy.

We have spent £217m improving over 39,000 homes in the past 5 years. In 2015-16 the Nest scheme delivered average energy bill savings of over £400 per household.

We are also increasing investments in public sector energy efficiency projects. By the end of the 2016-17 financial year, we will have invested approximately £35m in cost reducing projects.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs set our her priorities for the future of Energy in Wales in an oral statement on 6 December 2016.