The National Assembly for Wales’ Environment and Sustainability
Committee is undertaking an inquiry into a smarter energy future for
Purpose of this consultation
The purpose of this consultation is to inform how the Committee
believes energy policy in Wales needs to develop in the next
Assembly and beyond, in the context of meeting Wales’s
commitments to contribute to the prevention of global average
temperatures rising more than 2° Celsius.
Terms of reference
Starting from the basis that Wales needs to rapidly reduce its
carbon emissions if it is to contribute to the prevention of global
average temperatures rising more than 2° Celsius, and the need
to enhance energy security in Wales, we will aim to arrive at a
how Wales can achieve a smarter energy future, including low carbon
energy supply, energy demand management and energy storage, at a
sufficient pace to achieve the necessary reductions in
whether the current infrastructure and regulatory framework can
deliver these changes at the rate of change that is
the action that needs to be taken by citizens and the public,
private and third sectors; and
the balance of devolved competence in this area of
The energy mix
How can we decarbonise our energy system at a sufficient pace to
achieve the necessary reductions in emissions?
What mixture of distributed generation resources best meets Wales'
renewable energy needs in respect to the supply of a) electricity,
b) gas, and c) heat?
How does the grid distribution network in Wales enable or restrict
the development of a new smarter energy system?
What changes might be needed in terms of ownership, regulation,
operation and investment?
How can energy storage mechanisms be used to overcome barriers to
increasing the use of renewable energy?
To investigate the desirability and feasibility of greater public
and community ownership of generation, transmission and
distribution infrastructure and the implications of such a
Energy efficiency and demand reduction
How can the planning system and building regulations be used to
improve the energy efficiency of houses (both new build and
What would the environmental, social and economic impacts be if
Wales set higher energy efficiency standards for new build housing?
(e.g. Passivhaus or Energy Plus)
Communities - making the case for change
How can communities, businesses and industry contribute to
transforming the way that Wales thinks about energy?" Does the
answer to this challenge lie in enabling communities to take
greater responsibility for meeting their future energy
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