Carwyn Jones: Wales is committed to renewable energy

15 Sep 2010
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Carwyn Jones: Wales is committed to renewable energy

Welsh renewable energy has received the backing of the nation's first minister, who has stated that he wants to support developments in the sector.

Carwyn Jones stated that Wales is well-placed to capitalise on the growing renewable energy sector and said his Assembly government is committed to helping the nation to move towards a more low-carbon method of generating power.

"We want to do this as quickly as is economically feasible and to make sure that we build a strong and sustainable supply chain and technology base along the way," he added.

Mr Jones said as much as £50 billion could be spent on progressing renewable energy developments in Wales over the coming years.

His deputy, Ieuan Wyn Jones, added that the Welsh government is aiming to support firms which want to start up renewable energy developments.

As well as wind power, Wales has good resources for hydroelectric energy, due to its 1,200km of coastline, which could generate as much as 40GW of power according to experts. 

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