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Debate on the energy policy

The rising costs of energy and the recent extreme weather have brought the challenges of climate change to the forefront, warned the chair of the environment and sustainability committee on 17 October 2012.

Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM made the statement whilst leading the debate on the committee's report into the energy policy and planning.

The report makes 77 recommendations and the Welsh government has accepted 71 of them either in part or fully.

North Wales AM Llyr Huws Griffith stressed that it was essential that "an effective planning system is created to improve the response to planning applications and he noted that "the recommendations go towards that".

Conservative AM Antoinette Sandbach took advantage of the opportunity to criticise the Welsh government for what she called "lack of leadership" in terms of energy policy.

Responding to the debate the environment minister welcomed the report stating that it is "important that we move ahead in the way the committee sets outs".

John Griffiths AM argued against claims in the report that wind farms have an adverse affect on tourism as studies have disproved this.

Mr Griffiths also assured the committee that work is under way at the moment to improve transport to the wind farm sites.

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