We are writing to respond to your Committee’s report into Renewable Energy in Wales, published on 29 July 2021.
Thank you for conducting the enquiry and for the opportunity to respond to the report. The Government remains firmly committed to the renewables industry across the UK, including in Wales, ensuring everyone can benefit from the significant increase in renewable energy that our decarbonisation targets require.
The report notes that there are 58,000 people employed in the energy and environment sectors in Wales, generating over £4.8 billion in revenue. This demonstrates the great success of the renewables sector to date. We are committed to building further on this success, bringing more jobs and more investment to the UK and benefitting local communities. As set out in the recent Energy White Paper and the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, the Government is aiming to produce 40GW of offshore wind by 2030, including 1GW of floating wind. Given the rich wind resources around the Celtic Sea, Wales will be uniquely placed to capitalise on this.
We welcome continued working with the Welsh Government to further progress the renewables industry in Wales and tackle challenges or barriers Wales may face in contributing to the UK’s decarbonisation journey. The Government response to the report is set out in the attached annex, which both of our departments have worked closely together to produce.
The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP
David T C Davies MP