The British Wind and Energy Association (BWEA) has sent a warning to Wales over it’s lack of progress on renewable energy targets and the development of wind farms approvals in Wales.
Their new report entitled ‘Wind Energy in Wales: State of the Industry’ claims that very few approvals for wind projects are being granted compared to other parts of the UK. BWEA Cymru pointed out that Northern Ireland and Scotland are on course to meet their wind energy targets but Wales is expected to fall 800MW short of its goal for 2010. The report highlighted that just 100MW has actually been built in Wales over the past four years compared to it’s target in 2005 of 1GW of new onshore and offshore wind power over the following five years.
Maria McCaffery, chief executive of the British Wind and Energy Association stated that more should be done if the Welsh Assembly Government is to meet its goal of making the country self-sufficient in renewable energy by 2028.
she added. “That bold vision requires the right political decisions to approve planning applications on the ground. As it stands today, decisions are just not being made,”