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Harvesting hill streams of Wales for hydropower

Harvesting hill streams of Wales for hydropower | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
“Privatisation and Ofgem rules means that government targets for renewable generation cannot be met because we do not have the grid capacity,” says Blake. “The system of ownership and regulation prevents any strategic investment in the network. The result is that very many potential hydro plants like Howell’s will never get off the ground.”
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Could WEFO funding be used to improve infrastructure, such as grid connections, that is providing a barrier for towards Wales achieving energy self-sufficiency?

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Cynhadledd Fach Adfywio Cymru I Renew Wales Mini Conference - Renew Wales - Adfywio Cymru

Cynhadledd Fach Adfywio Cymru I Renew Wales Mini Conference - Renew Wales - Adfywio Cymru | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

North West Wales networking event

Cynhadledd Fach Adfywio Cymru  

Renew Wales Mini Conference 

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This North West Wales networking event will explore how local action can help us meet the challenges of rising fuel prices and climate change. The afternoon will have a practical focus, looking at how local food, energy, finance and other projects can strengthen our communities.  There will be opportunities to speak to specialists in the sector and to others working in Gwynedd, Môn and Conwy to develop partnerships which will strengthen the local network.

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Journal article: Community Energy; A grassroots sustainable energy niche?

Journal article: Community Energy; A grassroots sustainable energy niche? | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
System-changing innovations for sustainability transitions are pro- posed to emerge in radical innovative niches. ‘Strategic Niche Management’ theory predicts that niche-level actors and networks w...
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Support for the role of local networks such as those DEG have been trying to set-up in North West Wales @DEG_Cymru

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Welsh Government | Views sought on plans to invest nearly £1 billion in Wales’ rural communities

Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies, has today set out his views on how nearly £1bn of funding should be spent to strengthen Welsh farm businesses, tackle poverty, address climate change and support Wales’ wider rural economy.
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The councils driving local energy production |

The councils driving local energy production | | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Rising fuel prices and climate change are pushing energy to the top of the agenda, and local government is taking steps towards ...
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Anglesey Council approves 'largest' solar park

Anglesey Council approves 'largest' solar park | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Plans for a solar panel park the size of 28 football pitches have been approved by Anglesey council.

It will be the biggest of its kind in Wales with more than 60,000 solar panels.

The site at the Bodorgan Estate, near Aberffraw, has a target of producing enough energy to power 4,500 homes.

It follows other successful applications in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

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Communities can develop solar parks too, ensuring more of the benefit remains local. Westmillsolar.coop is a great example if you're looking for inspiration

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Ireland's rural protests over wind energy

A row over wind farms in rural Ireland is blowing its way to the centre of the country's political agenda, the BBC's Diarmaid Fleming reports.

 

"Ireland is short of money but not wind, which now forms a central plank of its energy policy.

 

But plans to develop wind power and export it to Britain are sparking a rural revolt, with local protest groups uniting through social media.

 

Some claim Ireland will become a wind farm for Britain."

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There are three poinst fo interest here:

1. There is no discussion of community-ownership and the positive impact that could have over and above the extractive investments of developers

2. What impact could imported wind energy from Ireland have on the price of energy for consumers and community-generators in Wales? 

3. It brings to mind the finding that health problems from wind turbines exist proportionately with the vociferous opposition to wind turbines.

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Renewable energy programme 'unlikely to reach target'

Renewable energy programme 'unlikely to reach target' | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
The scheme uses European Regional Development Fund money to help community groups develop renewable energy projects
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This article repeats the barriers facing community energy in Wales:

1. Lack of resources  -  Skilled time within projects and early stage at risk capital

2. Planning and consenting

I would expect this to be addressed as we head towards another 7 year European funding period, this time with community scale energy as a priority area. 

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Votes over 'tall' Brechfa Forest wind turbine plans

Votes over 'tall' Brechfa Forest wind turbine plans | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Plans for some of the tallest wind turbines in Wales have been approved by councillors in Carmarthenshire. A dozen turbines up to 145m (475ft) high have been proposed by RWE Npower Renewables at Forestry Commission Wales land in the Brechfa Forest. Ten members of the local authority's planning committee voted in favour while five voted against.


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Ynni Cymru's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:19 AM

Memo to the BBC - bit of a misleading photo here! But we welcome the development which will continue to support local economic development through its community benefit package.

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Vacancies | Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum

Vacancies | Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Vacancies (#GreenEJobsCymru Marine energy coordinator at @PCFCIC, 26k http://t.co/6g5IpcEKhv #Renewables #YnniAdnewyddadwy)

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Welsh Marine Energy's curator insight, December 20, 2013 8:31 AM

Marine energy is driving employment in Pembrokeshire! See details at the Ynni Cymru jobs page http://www.ynnicymru.org.uk/blog/jobs/ (link above also works)

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Wind farm planning applications amid 'projects of national significance' to be decided by Welsh Government under plans

Wind farm planning applications amid 'projects of national significance' to be decided by Welsh Government under plans | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Consultation launched on Draft Planning Bill also proposes possible merger of planning authorities to create 'consistent' approach
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Renewable energy: cut for solar and onshore wind subsidies - The Week UK

Renewable energy: cut for solar and onshore wind subsidies - The Week UK | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
The Week UK
Renewable energy: cut for solar and onshore wind subsidies
The Week UK
... this needs to increase to 30 per cent in the next seven years.

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What will this mean for Communit Energy projects? The big developers may be able to cope with lower subsidies but it wont help in diversifying energy generation ownership.

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Ynni Cymru's curator insight, December 4, 2013 9:32 AM

Good to see that the Government has heeded the wind industry's call for a more realistic level of financial support for offshore wind.  It sends an important political signal that the Government recognises the need to back this sector if we are to attract big wind turbine manufacturer to the UK.

Onshore wind is the most cost-effective form of renewable energy we have, so if we want to keep energy bills as low as possible, the level of support must be right.  Government and industry must now work together to reduce costs and support the right project.  Unfortunately, the reduction means that some smaller projects such as community-led schemes will be lost.

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Cardiff Solar Farm Sold Ahead Of Construction | Wales.org.uk

Cardiff Solar Farm Sold Ahead Of Construction | Wales.org.uk | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

A series of sites that have planning permission to build solar farms (including one based just 8 miles from Cardiff) have been sold for a total of £83 million.

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Conenergy may be unfortunate name but more of this type of development will be seen throughout Wales over the next 12 months.

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Small scale hydropower can provide stream of new jobs to rural regions

Small scale hydropower can provide stream of new jobs to rural regions | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Micro-hydro energy schemes offer significant opportunities to regenerate deprived areas, but must overcome start-up costs and declining subsidies
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Triple Bottom Line

Renewable Energy = Environmental Benefits

Community-Owned = Social Benefits

Micro-Hydro = Economic Benefits

We have all we need in Wales to take advantage of these benefits. A little more policy support would make very big difference.

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Large scale solar parks in Wales set 'to double'

Large scale solar parks in Wales set 'to double' | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

The number of large scale solar parks in Wales is set to double, with rural west Wales increasingly being targeted.


Eighteen schemes greater than 5 megawatt (MW) are already in operation, with 34 projects in planning or being built

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There is opportunity here for local indigenous companies to contribute to green energy targets and keep the economic benefit in Wales.

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Community energy projects are not taken seriously enough by the government

Community energy projects are not taken seriously enough by the government | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Community-led sustainable energy projects are not taken seriously enough by the government, according to a new paper from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and University of Sussex. Published tod...
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This may not come as a surprise to those working in the field but it is valuable to have it empirically measured.

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BBC Radio Wales - Eye on Wales, 17/02/2014

BBC Radio Wales - Eye on Wales, 17/02/2014 | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

A discussion of the pros and cons of devolving more powers on energy to Wales.

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Good programme for background on 'Energy in Wales' providing a discussion of the pros and cons of devolving more powers on energy to Wales.

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Swansea tidal lagoon plan submitted

Swansea tidal lagoon plan submitted | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Plans are being submitted for a £850m tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay which could provide power for 120,000 homes for 120 years.

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This is a great opportunity that will allow local people to invest in and own a part of a large renewable energy development

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Swansea Bay tidal lagoon: New pictures show proposed international watersports centre

Swansea Bay tidal lagoon: New pictures show proposed international watersports centre | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
The design firm behind the London 2012 Olympic Park has released plans for a centre which includes an oyster and lobster hatchery.
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The Swansea Bay Lagoon project is a great example of the added value renewable energy developments can bring. Not only can local sinvest in the scheme but it plans on including an international watersports centre and shellfish hatchery.

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Environmentalists present their wish list and predictions for 2014

We asked leading environmentalists from around Wales what they would like to see happen in 2014, and who are the people to watch this year
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Good to see Community Energy getting a mention along with AD and Marine for things to watch in 2014.

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Huge potential for communities to get on the grid

Huge potential for communities to get on the grid | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
There are few better ways to start the year than in a community-spirited fashion. It’s to be hoped the government feels the same, with the publication of DECC’s Community Energy Strateg...
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We have great potential in Wales and are developing a strong support network for communities wishing to take control of local energy generation. Get in touch if you'd like more info on the community energy revolution.

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New food waste plant to create energy for 1500 homes set for Cynon Valley

New food waste plant to create energy for 1500 homes set for Cynon Valley | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

A new food waste plant in the Cynon Valley able to create energy for 1,500 homes has been described as “a great investment into the area.”

Construction will start on the Aberdare-based facility in the new year, as a result of a partnership between Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport councils. The three authorities have come together for the Tomorrow’s Valley project, to find the most suitable and affordable solution to manage food waste. It has been announced that Biogen (UK) Ltd will operate the new food waste-to-energy plant at Bryn Pica, Llwydcoed.


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Ynni Cymru's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:52 AM

Another good development which will make better use of a waste stream.

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Bangor University Scientists helping the UK lead the world in tide and wave energy

Bangor University Scientists helping the UK lead the world in tide and wave energy | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Bangor University experts' modelling work helps identify key sites like the Skerries 
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We are fortunate to have this expertise locally and must ensure it gets used for greatest local benefit

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BBC News - Orkney marine energy tests turn waves into electricity

Two thirds of people in the UK would like to see more renewable energy sources developed in their area, a survey has revealed. The study by BBC Radio 5 Live ...
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Great example of what's possible in Wales.  If we are to take advantage of our marine resources we have to do more than follow Scotland we need to overtake them and make our resources more attractive to development.

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Swansea Bay tidal lagoon would bring economic boom and pump £300million into economy - say experts

Swansea Bay tidal lagoon would bring economic boom and pump £300million into economy - say experts | Welsh Community Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

PLANS for a power generating tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay have received a wave of support from economists. Cardiff University’s Welsh Economy Research Unit has concluded that the project would lead to a major boost for the economy across Wales during construction — and that once up and running, it could lead to up to 100,000 visitors going to the lagoon ever year. The proposed £756million project would see a six-mile-long U-shaped seawall running from Swansea Docks out into the bay before re-joining land near Swansea University’s under-construction Fabian Way science campus.


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Welsh Marine Energy's curator insight, December 5, 2013 7:49 AM

Economists salivate at the prospect of money circulating around the Swansea area, following publication of a report by Cardiff Business School.