4 July 2019

Smart Energy Wales, Renewable UK Cymru’s exhibition and conference for Wales’ energy sector, takes place today.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Housing and Local Government Minister, Julie James.

The Minister’s contribution will be keenly anticipated at what is a crucial time for the future of energy in Wales and for the World. 2019 has already witnessed the declaration of a climate by the Welsh Government in addition to a statement of intent to go further than the 95% greenhouse gas emission reduction target recommended by the UK’s Climate Change Committee.

The Smart Energy Wales conference will include four distinct sessions, unified by the central theme of considering how the energy system in Wales will need to change to accommodate rapid technological advancement, the blurring of traditional energy ‘networks’ and challenging de-carbonisation targets.

Some of Wales and the UK’s leading academics, business disruptors and public sector pioneers will assemble to offer their view and debate this most live of issues with delegates.

Rhys Jones, Head of RenewableUK Cymru, the event organiser said,

“The pace of change and the economic dynamics of the energy sector are astonishing and it’s challenging our policy makers to ensure we create the right framework for an energy system which meets our targets and helps Wales flourish.  We have a superb line-up of guest contributors, exhibitors and sponsors this year.  I’m very grateful to our sponsors for their continued support for this event.  Their support demonstrates their intent to transform the way households and businesses interact with energy and data.”

Julie James AM, Minister for Housing and Local Government said,

“This is a time of great change in the energy sector, but change brings opportunities.  As we rise to the challenge of decarbonisation, we have the opportunity to create new business and industries that are anchored in Wales and that will create sustainable employment here too.”

Jeremy Smith, Head of Development Strategy at innogy Renewables said,

“If Wales is to meet its zero carbon targets, we will need to work together and be innovative, at scale. Today’s event is a fantastic opportunity to do just that and learn from each other.”

Full programme details, along with exhibitor and attendee list is available at smartenergy.wales


Further information:

Rhys Jones, Head of RenewableUK Cymru, 07968 789315, @rhyswynjon @renewableukcymru

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