Wales has the potential to produce nearly twice the amount of electricity it currently uses through wholly renewable energy sources by 2025, according to a new policy statement from the Welsh Assembly Government.
The statement, A Low Carbon Revolution, sets out the Assembly Governments ambitions to reach a low carbon energy economy in Wales as quickly as possible with part of the solution coming from biomass.
It points to a three-tiered approach as the way to achieving this by doing the following things:
· Maximising energy efficiency in order to make producing energy from low carbon sources as cost effective as possible
· Moving towards low carbon energy production via secure indigenous renewables such as biomass, wind and water
· Ensuring that transition to low carbon energy maximises opportunities for practical green jobs and skills.
The statement predicts that about 40% of the energy used in Wales could come from marine sources, a third from wind and the remainder coming from biomass power or smaller wind and solar projects.
Welsh Assembly environment minister Jane Davidson said: The potential is truly inspiring and I am confident that our low carbon revolution will provide the right framework to realise this potential.
Wales once led the way in carbon-based energy. Our goal now is to do the same for low carbon energy.