Plaid Cymru pledges to create Welsh energy firm

Plaid Cymru has pledged to create a not-for-profit Welsh energy company to reduce gas and electricity bills for consumers. It believes energy bills are “needlessly high” despite Wales being an exporter of electricity. Its manifesto states it will use the profits from Wales’ abundant renewable resources to cut the cost of energy for consumers and […]

Horizon reaction: Wales needs to refocus

The news today that the Horizon nuclear project has been dropped by its owners RWE npower and E.ON has kicked up a storm in Wales where one of the planned plants was due to be built. Wylfa, near Anglesey, had agreed a 3600MW Connection Agreement with the National Grid. Plaid Cymru, the National Party of […]

Fuel duty regulator called for on Fair Fuel day

Plaid Cymru leader Elfyn Llwyd has reignited the fight for a fuel duty regulator to stop prices rising too much at the pump. A protest is taking place later today outside Westminster to campaign for cuts fuel duty on petrol and diesel. The price at the pumps soared to over £1.50 a litre this week. […]

Welsh MP roasts DECC over solar FiT

A Plaid Cymru MP has said Government was wrongto cut the solar Feed-In Tariffs (FiT) rate beforethe consultation had closed. The consultation is running until this Friday, 23rd December but the changes were introduced last Monday, 12th December. Elfyn Llwyd MP said: “The UK Government is clearly neglecting its pledge to produce 15% of the […]

Westminster slammed for Welsh energy policies

Wales is being “stripped bare of its natural resources for the benefit of England’s power needs”, according to Plaid Cymru. The party’s Westminster leader Elfyn Llwyd told the Plaid Cymru spring conference that ownership of Wales’ maritime renewable power resources is essential to the nation’s economic future. “The need to devolve power over our maritime […]

Plaid Cymru slams Welsh MPs as fuel regulator bid fails

Plaid Cymru’s Treasury spokesman Jonathan Edwards today slammed “the complacency of Welsh MPs”, as 50% failed to turn up for a vote on fuel prices. Plaid Cymru and the SNP last night led a Westminster debate on how to tackle rising fuel prices. Both parties wanted the government to establish a fuel duty regulator. But […]

Westminster under fire as Wales gets no electric car charge points

Plaid Cymru has slammed a government decision to leave Wales without a single electric vehicle charging point. This week, Westminster unveiled the regions which have successfully won funding for electric car points: the Midlands; Greater Manchester; East of England; Scotland and Northern Ireland. London, Milton Keynes and the North East of England already have charging […]

Welsh MP slams SSE price hikes

As energy price hikes from one of the ‘Big Six’ suppliers kicked in yesterday, a Welsh MP has slammed the increases. Scottish & Southern Energy raised its tariffs by 9.4% from yesterday. SSE is the parent company of Swalec, which supplies much of the electricity market in south Wales market. Plaid CymruMP Jonathan Edwards said […]

Potential for magnificent Severn renewables is being wasted says Plaid

Plaid Cymru has welcomed this week’s decision to scrap the Severn Barrage but has slammed the government for a “failure to invest in other renewable energies in the Severn Estuary”. Elfyn Llwyd, one of the party’s three MPs in Westminster, said yesterday: “The Severn Barrage was always an expensive ‘silver bullet’ pushed by the Labour […]

Plaid urges Welsh slice of energy policy

Plaid Cymru yesterday demanded greater regulation of the energy market and tighter measures to counter energy prices at local and international levels. In his maiden speech to the House of Commons today, Plaid Cymru’s newly elected MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Jonathan Edwards said: “International oil prices need to be stabilised to avoid price […]