The National Assembly for Wales’
Environment and Sustainability Committee undertook an inquiry into
energy policy and planning in
Wales. The terms of
reference for the review were as follows:
are the implications for Wales if responsibility for consenting
major onshore and offshore energy infrastructure projects remains a
matter that is reserved by the UK Government?
does this affect achievement of the Welsh Government’s
aspirations for various forms of renewable and low carbon energy as
set out in the Energy Policy Statement?
does this affect delivery of the Welsh Government’s target
for a 3 per cent reduction in Green House Gas emissions per annum
will be the impact if consenting decisions on major infrastructure
projects and associated development are not all taken in accordance
with Welsh planning policy?
Alongside these questions, the Committee also
considered the two petitions about Welsh Government planning
guidance as it relates to onshore wind energy and the impact on
local communities and infrastructure.