An Energiewende for Wales: A transformational and smarter energy future for Wales

An Energiewende for Wales: A transformational and smarter energy future for Wales” Seminar held on Friday 2nd October 2015



The Environment and Sustainability Committee of the National Assembly for Wales is undertaking an Inquiry into a smarter energy future for Wales. Starting from the basis that Wales needs to rapidly reduce its carbon emissions if it is to contribute to the prevention of global average temperatures rising more than 2° Celsius, and the need to enhance energy security in Wales, the Committee aim to arrive at a view on:

i. How Wales can achieve a smarter energy future, including low carbon energy supply, energy demand management and energy storage, at a sufficient pace to achieve the necessary reductions in emissions;

ii. Whether the current infrastructure and regulatory framework can deliver these changes at the rate of change that is necessary;

iii. The action that needs to be taken by citizens and the public, private and third sectors; and

iv. The balance of devolved competence in this area of policy.

The consultation period relating to this inquiry ran from Monday, 20th July 2015 to Friday, 4th September 2015. Sessions for oral evidence to Committee were held on the 8th and 22nd October; and the 4th of November. The Committee will consider the implications of consultation responses and oral evidence during the early part of 2016 in the context of the identified key issues of the Energy Mix; the Grid; Storage; Ownership’ Energy Efficiency and Demand Reduction; and Communities (making the case for change). It is anticipated that this will lead to a conclusion to the Inquiry in February / March 2016

A scoping paper, entitled An “Energiewende” for Wales was prepared by Alan Simpson and later presented to the Committee in June 2015. This paper refers, in particular, to ‘best practice’ exemplars in Germany, Denmark and California; and suggests ways in which this practice can best be applied to circumstances in Wales. It therefore provides the context for the Committee’s Inquiry into the achievement of a transformational and smarter energy future for Wales.


The scoping paper, presentations and a summary of the event can be downloaded below.