The UK recently celebrated its ‘greenest ever’ Easter with low-carbon energy sources making up nearly 80% of Britain’s power supply.
The Spring break’s perfect combination of sunny and windy weather placed zero coal demand on the grid and proved yet again that the UK enjoys optimum conditions for clean energy production.
This is just the latest of a long line of records broken over the past couple of years, and unsurprisingly, such frequent affirmations of our energy-producing potential is having an impact on the frontline of politics.
Wales goes to the polls on May 6th and the ‘green economy’ has become a central proposition of all of the main parties. Given the practicality and the fiscal benefits of increasing renewables infrastructure across the country, it makes sense for campaigning politicians to focus on this area.
After all, Wales is famously a country of mountains, rivers and coastlines and these topographical features couldn’t be more suited to sympathetic energy generation.
Additionally, some industrialised areas in Wales have suffered terrible losses from the dissolution of the coal industry. Regeneration via clean-tech seems karmically just in many ways.
And this concept isn’t ‘pie in the sky’ – we’ve already seen remarkable transformations in some of the most disadvantaged parts of Wales.
Port Talbot, for example, has been historically synonymous with coal extraction and oil refinement but it now boasts the highest renewable energy generation (1122 GWh as of 2019) in Wales. Much of this is derived from community-owned projects that bring ownership, community, work and money to the region, transforming Port Talbot’s fortunes rapidly.
Given these factors and the groundwork that has been established, all four of the main parties are making a big play for the green vote.
What are they promising?
In a nutshell, billions of pounds into ‘all things green’. There’s no shortage of ambition outlined in the canvassing materials