Plaid Cymru is committed to introducing Wales’ most wide-reaching, comprehensive retrofitting programme, if it is elected in May. Plaid’s Shadow Economy Minister Rhun ap Iorwerth highlighted the party’s commitment to delivering the most comprehensive retrofitting programme Wales has ever seen.
A recent report undertaken by the Institute of Welsh Affairs proved that retrofitting homes with energy efficiency measures could be an important economic tool. The IWA report found that doubling existing investment in improving energy efficiency of homes to £250 million over the next Assembly term would support nearly 9,000 jobs.
The Party of Wales Shadow Economy Minister Rhun ap Iorwerth said:
“The renewables sector is a key area of economic growth as well as being crucial in our efforts to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. But it is an area that has been sorely neglected by the Labour Welsh Government, and has most recently been put under threat by the UK Government’s decision to slash the feed-in tariff by almost 90%.
“Plaid Cymru is clear that we should be investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Our plans to roll out a home energy efficiency programme could save households money every year, would create jobs and boost the economy in every part of Wales.
“We should be particularly attentive to local companies, and ensure that as much of this as possible can be procured locally.
“Wales is an energy-rich nation and we are well-placed to benefit from the growing renewables sector. But that will not happen in a vacuum. Plaid Cymru will give the sector the support it needs to grow, so that we can all benefit.”