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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Room 3 - Senedd. View directions

Contact: Marc Wyn Jones 

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Transcript: Transcript for 14/12/2017 - Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee

Items
Note No. Item

(09.15 - 09.30)

1.

Private pre-meeting

(09.30 - 09.50)

2.

Inquiry into 'low carbon housing: the challenge' - discussion of written evidence

Minutes:

Members discussed the written evidence and agreed to hold oral evidence sessions in the spring term.

(09.50 - 10.20)

3.

Committee visit to the Scottish Parliament and Government - discussion of findings and next steps

Minutes:

Members discussed the visit and agreed to keep in contact with counterpart committees in other UK legislatures.

4.

Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Gareth Bennett AM, Dawn Bowden AM and Jayne Bryant AM.

 

The Chair welcomed Joyce Watson AM to the Committee and thanked Jenny Rathbone AM for her contribution to the work of the Committee.

(10.20 - 11.10)

5.

Inquiry into community energy - oral evidence session

Merlin Hyman - Chief Executive, Regen South West

Robert Proctor – Business Development Manager, Community Energy Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Merlin Hyman and Robert Proctor introduced themselves and responded to questions from Members.

(11.20 - 12.10)

6.

Inquiry into community energy - oral evidence session

Holly Cross – Director, Cwm Arian Renewable Energy

Benedict Ferguson - Director (Treasurer), Community Energy in Pembrokeshire

Grant Peisley – Director, Cyd Ynni (participating via video conference)

Jenny Wong – Coetir Mynydd (Cyd Ynni, consortium) (participating via video conference)

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Benedict Ferguson, Holly Cross, Grant Peisley and Jenny Wong introduced themselves and responded to questions from Members.

(12.10 - 12.15)

7.

Paper(s) to note

Minutes:

Members noted the papers.

7.1

Correspondence between the Chair and the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, and the Minister for Environment regarding the Committee's report, 'Branching out: a new ambition for woodland policies'

Supporting documents:

7.2

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs regarding the Committee's Natural Resources Policy workshop

Supporting documents:

7.3

Letter from the Chair of Natural Resources Wales regarding the disposal of dredged sediment at sea under marine licence 12/45/ML

Supporting documents:

7.4

Letter from the Chair of Natural Resources Wales following annual scrutiny of Natural Resources Wales

Supporting documents:

8.

Motion under Standing Order 17.42(vi) to resolve to exclude the public from the meeting for the following business:

Item 9 of this meeting.

Minutes:

The motion was agreed.

(12.15 - 12.30)

9.

Private debrief

Minutes:

The Committee discussed the evidence and agreed to ask the Welsh Government for information on the following:

 

-        Disaggregating national targets for community energy to the local level

-        Scaling up support for Ynni Lleol and providing it with long term certainty

-        Clarifying the thresholds and eligibility for Business Rates exemptions for community energy projects

-        Whether it intends to publish, annually, how much community energy is being generated by local authorities.

 

 

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