The Welsh Government commissioned the 2019 iteration of the Energy Generation in Wales study which successfully 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 has 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 2019. We’ve included case studies of energy projects commissioned in 2019, including the 27-turbine wind farm at Clocaenog Forest which first generated electricity in July 2019.
Regen’s analysis in this report includes a number of highlights:
Electricity generation from renewable sources increased from 25% in 2018 to 27% in 2019.
By 2030, Wales aims for 70% of its electricity consumption to be from renewable sources and this figure increased to 51% in 2019.
145 MW of new renewable electrical capacity was commissioned in Wales in 2019.
Wales continues to progress towards its 1 GW target for locally owned renewable energy capacity and, in 2019, was 83% of the way towards meeting this.
The last coal-fired power station in Wales closed in 2019 and coal fired electricity generation is not expected to contribute to Wales’ electricity mix in the future.
You can find the report on the Welsh Government’s website here or download them below