Written Evidence from Naomi Klenerman,
Energy Officer, Wrexham Branch, Campaign for the Protection of
Rural Wales (CPRW)
I am writing on behalf of the Wrexham branch
of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales. We are particularly
concerned with the effect the current energy policies and targets,
laid down by the UK Government and the National Assembly for Wales,
will have on our Welsh landscapes, Welsh tourism and Welsh economy.
We would like to comment on Section 1 a./b.
in particular where energy is looked at in terms of needs and
In October this year Wrexham Branch of CPRW
organised a symposium on energy efficiency and micro generation,
addressed by national experts.
The conclusions were clear:
1. UK share of global emissions is 2.3%
and if the 2010 targets are met it can only be 0.0004% of global
A zero carbon UK would have no effect on climate
change (Renewable Energy Foundation)
2. During 2003 electricity consumption
rose by 1.5% compared to 2002. As 1.5% =5.1TWh (Marches Energy
Wales would have to produce more than the target
of the TAN 8 SSA's simply to meet the increase in demand in one
This is compounded by the fact that the UK is
reaching the end of its spare grid capacity by increased obsolescence
of generating plant and is becoming increasingly dependent on
imported gas so that our supply is no longer secure.
We need to reduce energy consumption
3. It is possible to cut energy use
(electricity and heat) by 20% and to use energy more efficiently.
This must be part of an integrated solution and will need support
from government. The domestic sector can make as important a contribution
as the industrial in reducing demand and local generation.
4. There are many viable options for
generating energy from renewable sources; making homes self sufficient;
producing energy in a way that is less environmentally damaging:
at a local level by micro generation eg producing heat and electricity
from biomass which is an ideal solution for small Welsh communities.
There will be less loss from transmission, as
well as reducing the need for connections to the grid. Communities
can earn income from the surplus. Local micro generation will
encourage the local Welsh economy by job creation and the economic
activity of a new industry.
We urge the committee to recommend a balanced
energy strategy. Such strategy should look not only at production
but also encourage conservation by incentives and subsidies for
efficiency and self-sufficiency in both home and industry and
should highlight the contribution of micro generation to the total
We urge you to place value on the role of our
Welsh landscapes in providing places of tranquillity for those
who live in Wales and for those who visit it. Tourism was worth
£63.4 million in Wrexham County Borough in 2004 (NW.STEAM
1 December 2005