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Welsh environment committee launches UK energy policy enquiry

An enquiry into the impact of UK energy policy on Welsh Government plans has been launched by the Welsh Assembly’s environment and sustainability committee.

The comittee will look at the implications of planning decisions regarding major infrastructure projects if they are not taken in agreement with Welsh planning policy, and how new forms of energy generation in Wales can contribute to Welsh Assembly Government greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

Committee Chair, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM said: “The Welsh Government has ambitious plans for the development of renewable and low carbon energy in Wales, but much responsibility for energy planning and policy lies with the UK Government.

“As a committee, we want to hear about any potential for conflicts between the planning and consenting regimes in the UK and Wales.

“This inquiry will look at all aspects of energy policy and planning and we would welcome opinions and evidence from anyone with an interest in this area.”

The Committee will also consider a petition regarding an objection to a Welsh Government technical advice note, concerning renewable energy planning.

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