Energy Wales Statement »The energy system in Wales is on the threshold of great change driven by new energy, technology and low carbon energy transition objectives.Learn more »
Wales programme for Roald Dahl’s centenary in 2016 is unveiled
Wales was first in line to announce a programme of events to celebrate the centenary of Roald Dahl in 2016.
- New proposals to strengthen NHS Wales set out in Green Paper
- Planning Act receives Royal Assent
- Wales programme for Roald Dahl’s centenary in 2016 is unveiled
- Draft Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill
- Green Paper: Our Health, Our Health Service
- National Pathway for Homelessness Services to Children, Young People and Adults in the Secure Estate
- Welsh Government Draft Equality Objectives for 2016-2020
- Future arrangements for the Welsh Government’s Equality and Inclusion Programme for 2017-2020
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Section highlightEnvironment (Wales) BillThe bill creates the legislation needed to plan and manage Wales’ natural resources in a more sustainable and joined-up way.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightTaxes in Wales
The devolution of some taxes to Wales from April 2018 provides us with the opportunity to reshape those taxes to better meet our circumstances and priorities.
1st Supplementary Budget 2015-16 »
The 1st supplementary budget proposes a number of changes to the final budget for 2015-16, which was published in December 2014.Learn more »
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Where we are now
Wales has assets in almost all low carbon energy sources, which helps generate around a fifth of our energy and creates employment.
- significant wind resources
- wave and tidal energy potential
- good solar resources
- scope for more biomass and hydro
- existing nuclear sites and expertise in the nuclear industry.
We can make the most of these energy opportunities due to our roads, railways, deep ports and electrical and gas grids.
Wales produced 9% of electricity generated in the UK between 2004 and 2010. Gas generated almost 50% of all electricity created in Wales.
The proportion of low carbon electricity generated, including nuclear, has remained at around a fifth.
We have made considerable investments to address home energy efficiency in low income communities and households. In 2010-2011, we invested over £50m into phase 1 of our strategic energy performance investment programme arbed and the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme. With match-funding, this was a total investment of over £80m in Wales.
The renewable sector supports around 13,000 jobs in Wales. The low carbon sector supports around 16,000 jobs in 2009/10.
Wales also has considerable relevant expertise within the Higher Education sector and has established an economy in the renewable and low carbon sectors. These sectors were responsible for £1.8 billion and £2 billion in sales in 2009/2010.
Wales is well placed to take advantage of the move to a low carbon economy. Our aim is to build on this and accelerate the change to a low carbon economy.
The First Minister gave an oral statement on our progress on 14 May 2013.