AMs reinforce vital role of networks

19 October 2010

AMs reinforce vital role of networks

Welsh Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing Jane Davidson AM will speak today about the vital role the networks in implementing the Assembly Government's strategic energy policy, as set out in the „Low Carbon Revolution? document. The Minister will say that "Energy – how we generate it and how we use it is key to us creating a sustainable Wales.

"We know that we need to reduce our use of carbon based energy by some 80-90% in order to gain a similar reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. We will achieve this by maximising Wales? significant potential for generating renewable energy and also by working to dramatically reduce our energy consumption here in Wales. There is no doubt that there are big challenges ahead and that the involvement of energy networks is vital if we are to achieve our ambitions."

The minister will address a gathering of AMs, industry and key Welsh energy stakeholders at the Senedd building. The event will celebrate the role of the energy networks in Wales, and is being organised by the Energy Networks Association (ENA) the UK-wide industry body for the wires and pipes sector.

The host of the event the Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Chair of the Assembly Sustainability Committee Kirsty Williams AM will also celebrate the role of the networks saying "I'm very pleased to be sponsoring the event in the Assembly this evening, where we have the opportunity to discuss the future of energy networks here in Wales. The future holds some challenges for the industry in terms of bringing gas to parts of Wales that haven't had access to it before as well as providing opportunities for the roll out of broadband for areas that don't currently have it".

David Smith, Chief Executive of ENA said "The role Wales plays and will continue to play in delivering the low carbon agenda is vital and central to that is the role of the gas and electricity networks. This is signified by the enduring and fruitful relationship we have with the Welsh Assembly and by the event being held today. This is the first time we have held such an event outside London."

Graham Edwards, Chief Executive of Wales & West Utilities (WWU) speaking at the event about the important work WWU have been doing on fuel poverty said "Bringing gas to fuel poor homes underlines our commitment to communities in Wales and the South West. Working with our partner, Warm Wales, we have now connected more than 1,000 fuel poor homes to gas throughout our region. We will continue to

promote this important initiative which not only brings obvious benefits to individuals but also provides significant environmental improvements".