Rural Affairs Minister, Elin Jones, recently (24 March) gave an update on her request to the FCW to identify the potential for renewable energy schemes to be developed with local communities.
The Minister said:
“Enabling communities to develop hydro-electric schemes within the national woodland estate is in line with our Energy Policy Statement 2010, A Low Carbon Revolution.
“FCW has been working on my request to identify suitable sites with the potential to deliver small-scale hydro-energy schemes, such as hydroelectric dams, on the public forest estate. Five schemes have been identified as suitable for further development. Between them, they have the potential to generate a combined output of 1.5MW.
“In the coming months, FCW will work with suitable community groups to develop detailed proposals, alongside the Energy Savings Trust, Environment Agency Wales and the Countryside Council for Wales.”
Due to commercial sensitivities, it is not yet possible to detail the location of potential sites. Formal procurement exercises will be undertaken in due course, once the detailed proposals are finalised.