To support the Welsh Government with the development of energy policy, Regen was commissioned to set out how energy is generated and used in Wales, and how it has changed over time. The reports help evidence the economic, social and environmental benefits to be reaped from the development of Welsh energy projects.

Energy Generation in Wales

Energy Generation In WalesThe Welsh Government commissioned the 2020 iteration of the Energy Generation in Wales study, which builds on the analysis completed in previous years. The aim of the study is to support the Welsh Government with the development of energy policy, helping to evidence the economic, community and environmental benefits from the development of Welsh energy projects. 

Regen analysed a variety of data sources to present an up-to-date picture of Wales’ electricity generation including the growth of renewable energy technologies in Wales, progress towards Welsh targets and reviewed the growth of local ownership in 2020. We’ve included case studies of energy projects commissioned in 2020, including the 3.5 MW Budweiser Wind Turbine, located a mile away from their Magor brewery in South Wales, and the community-owned 900 kW turbine at Prouts Park farm, near Tenby.

 

Highlights: 

  • 2020 was the first year since the 1800s that there was zero electricity generation from coal in Wales exported to the electricity grid. 
  • Electricity generation from renewable sources as a percentage of all electricity generation in Wales increased from 27% in 2019 to 33% in 2020. 
  • By 2030, Wales aims for 70% of its electricity consumption to be from Welsh renewable sources; this figure increased to 56% in 2020. 
  • 39 MW of new renewable electrical capacity was installed in Wales in 2020. 
  • Wales continues to progress towards its 1 GW target for locally owned renewable energy capacity and, in 2020, was 86% of the way towards meeting this. 

You can find the report on the Welsh Government’s website here or download them below: 

Energy Generation in Wales 2020 - English version (14 downloads) Energy Generation in Wales 2020 - Welsh version (9 downloads)

We have been undertaking this work for the past few years – you can view the 2019 iteration here and the 2018 iteration here. 

Energy Use in Wales

Energy Use In WalesThe Welsh Government also commissioned a second edition of the Energy Use in Wales study to provide an update on the analysis completed in 2018. The report provides a clear and transparent picture of Wales’ relationship with energy, aiming to support the Welsh Government with the development of energy policy. 

Regen analysed a variety of data sources to present an up-to-date picture of Wales’ consumption of energy, exploring energy use across a variety of sectors, fuels and timescales. The report also contains case studies exploring changing energy use across the four regions of Wales, such as the £15 million net zero farming centre being developed in Denbighshire, and the district heat network under construction in Cardiff. 

 

 

Highlights:

  • Between 2005 and 2019, total energy use in Wales reduced by 16%, from a total of 109.9 TWh in 2005 to 92.8 TWh in 2019. 
  • The sector in Wales that has seen the greatest decrease in energy use since 2005 is industry, falling by 26%, from 47 TWh in 2005 to 34.7 TWh in 2019. 
  • Between 2005 and 2020, there was a 9.7 TWh drop in demand for gas – a reduction of 28%, which is greater than that achieved in both England (23%) and Scotland (21%) over the same period. 
  • 2020 saw a sharp reduction in non-domestic consumption of electricity of more than 1 TWh, possibly due to restrictions brought on as a result of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). 
  • Since 2005, total energy consumption has reduced in all regions. However, the greatest reductions can be seen in the Swansea Bay City Region and Cardiff Capital Region, both of which have seen an annual absolute reduction of more than 7 TWh.  

You can find the report on the Welsh Government’s website here or download them below: 

Energy Use in Wales 2020 - English version (12 downloads) Energy Use in Wales 2020 - Welsh version (8 downloads)

You can also view the first edition of this report, exploring energy use in 2018, here 


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