Columnist advises Welsh to ‘head for high ground’ after Minister’s pledge to build hydroelectric dams
A newspaper columnist has advised the people of Wales to “head for high ground” after a UK Government Secretary of State suggested that he was looking into the possibility of building more hydroelectric dams.
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng, said that he was determined to increase the amount of hydroelectric power in Britain.
“I am fully conscious of the outstanding contribution of hydroelectric power. In fact, I was just speaking to the Norwegian Minister, and that country has 96% of its electricity derived from hydropower,” he said.
He said that he had “asked officials to look into it” to see what opportunities for hydroelectric dams existed in the UK.
Reporting on the comments in the Times, columnist Quentin Letts said: “Residents of the Welsh valleys may want to head for high ground.”
His comment was a reference to the numerous valleys in Wales that have been drowned by the UK Government to produce water and energy, including Llyn Celyn, Llyn Clywedog and Llyn Fyrnwy.
The drowning of Llyn Celyn in the 1960s was politically controversial and led to the slogan ‘Cofiwch Dryweryn’.
Wales is already home to one of Wales’ largest hydroelectric projects – the Dinorwig pumped-storage hydroelectric scheme, which was constructed in the abandoned Dinorwig slate quarry. The Ffestiniog Pumped Storage Scheme is to the south-east.