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Environment and Sustainability Committee

Wales must surge forward with the development of renewable energy, according to a representative from Nuclear Free Local Authorities on 29 March 2012.

Stephen Churchman made the statement following the decision by RWE npower and E.ON to shelve plans to build a new nuclear power station, Wylfa B in Anglesey.

He was giving evidence to the Environment and Sustainability Committee about the potential of renewable energy in Wales.

Mr Churchman said that Wales, with its ample coastline, has enough tidal energy to produce 20% of its energy needs.

He argued that wind power, both on and offshore also presented excellent opportunities both in terms of meeting energy demand and creating local jobs, adding that in order for Wales to realise this potential, gaining control over its entire energy policy was imperative.

Wylfa in Anglesey is one of eight existing sites around the UK deemed suitable for new power stations by 2025.

In a statement released on 29 March 2012, E.ON and RWE npower said that they made the decision following a strategic review and that they would look for a new owner for Horizon Nuclear Power, their joint firm for developing nuclear power in the UK.

Charlie Tasker of Horizon Nuclear Power was scheduled to give evidence to the morning's committee but withdrew at short notice.

In closing, Chair Dafydd Elis-Thomas suggested that the committee sends questions to Mr Tasker in order to obtain responses for its inquiry into nuclear energy.

Also giving evidence on unconventional gas were representatives from the Environment Agency Wales and the Tyndall Centre, a climate change research centre in Manchester University.

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