Putting the future of Wales’ energy on the table


November, 2021

Leading figures from the renewable energy industry will be gathering at ICC Wales today for the Future Energy Wales conference and exhibition.

Sponsored by RWE, Future Energy Wales brings together experts and academics to review how Wales is moving towards becoming a net zero nation. 

Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Climate Change, will be giving the keynote political speech, during which he will reflect on his recent visit to COP26 and its relevance to Wales as well as giving a flavour of some of the issues he is examining as part of his ‘Deep Dive’ into barriers to renewables.  Joining Mr Waters in the first session will be Tom Glover, UK Country Chair at RWE, which is the headline sponsor of the event.  Other speakers in the first session are Dr Christina Demski from Cardiff University and Helen Westhead from Arup. 

The second session will focus on energy infrastructure for net zero and is sponsored by planning consultants, LUC.  Speakers from LUC, Cardiff University, ITPEnergised and Ofgem will talk about how we balance the need for massive upgrades to our energy infrastructure with people and the environment.

The final session of the day will look at how Wales positions itself as an attractive proposition for energy investment in a post-Brexit and post-pandemic world.  Speaking in this session will be representatives from Ripple Energy, Milford Haven Port, Blue Gem Floating Wind and Industry Wales.

Tom Glover said:

“As Wales’ largest renewable energy generator, RWE is playing a leading role in helping the country realise its net zero ambition.  The green technology we are investing in will support new, highly skilled jobs, create supply chain opportunities, and help benefit communities right across the country. 

“As an industry we must continue to rise to the challenge of net zero and keep pushing to look for ways that we can generate cleaner and cheaper energy.  I am looking forward to meeting with my industry colleagues at Future Energy Wales to talk about what we can do to continue to raise the bar.”

Rhys Wyn Jones, Director of RenewableUK Cymru, said:

“I’m delighted to be able to welcome delegates back in person for this conference.  The industry in Wales is at a crossroads – and we need to move at pace and implement a plan for Wales to harness the economic benefits low cost, zero carbon renewable energy offers.”