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Explains the different types of renewable energy technologies and why renewable energy is important to Wales.

Renewable technologies use the energy of wind, tides, waves, plant material, vegetation, or farming waste as a fuel or energy source.

Our energy policy, Energy Wales: A Low Carbon Transition, sets out how Wales will move from fossil fuel based energy generation to utilise a wider mix of energy sources, which are mainly renewable or low in carbon.

When we use energy, carbon dioxide (CO2) is released. CO2 is a greenhouse gas. As part of our work on dealing with climate change, we want to reduce the CO2 Wales releases, so we are looking to create more of our energy from renewable and low carbon energy sources.

Wales has a lot of sources of natural energy. Energy Wales explains how we will draw on our energy potential to:

  • create a sustainable, low carbon economy for Wales
  • support our communities and environment
  • meet the challenges of climate change
  • make sure we have enough energy to support our way of life (energy security).

We want to see more energy generated by low carbon technologies. This  will help to bring a steady reduction in the amount of CO2 we release.

Other low carbon energy sources

Gas will be an important fuel to help Wales towards a low carbon future. It is a fossil fuel, but it releases less CO2 than oil or coal, but we can’t rely on gas until technology is developed to capture and store the carbon that gas releases and stop it entering the atmosphere.

Nuclear is also a low carbon technology.