Labour pledge to invest millions in renewable energy if they win Carmarthenshire council elections
Richard Youle, local democracy reporter
Millions of pounds of funding would be spent on renewable energy projects like solar farms, Carmarthenshire Labour said if it wins the council elections.
It said it would work towards energy independence for the county and also support people hit by soaring energy prices.
Cllr Rob James, the leader of Carmarthenshire Labour, said: “The cost of energy for businesses and households are spiralling out of control and the horrendous conflict in Ukraine will only exasperate the situation.”
The energy pledge is the first of six being announced by the party in the run-up to the council elections on May 5.
It said it wanted to secure significant investment into green energy production, work with neighbouring councils to deliver tidal energy projects and a regional energy grid, build eco-homes for residents, ensure all council buildings had solar panels and heat pumps, and use “all planning levers available” so that new homes and buildings had electric vehicle charging points and green energy capture and storage.
The party also said it would work with the Coal Authority to commission a report into the potential of geothermal energy from abandoned coal mines in Camarthenshire.
It also said it would plant one million trees over a decade. The benefits, said Cllr James, would be felt by everyone.
Labour is in opposition in Carmarthenshire. A Plaid Cymru-Independent coalition is in power.
Cllr James said: “Wales has a proud heritage of being the powerhouse for industry around the world and we must recapture that energy independence with significant investment in green energy production and storage projects.
“This will directly support residents by easing the cost-of-living crisis, create secure, well-paid jobs in the area and protect our planet.”
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at last #welshlabour has caught up with young voters
Not in wales sorry
No English party’s in wales 🏴 kick out all English party’s from wales that’s the Tories Labour and all Brexit party’s it’s time for a new wales 🏴 A Free Wales 🏴 start fighting for your children and grandchildren future in wales 🏴
In a long life I’ve heard it all before. Indy is the only solution.
Finally, it is great to see someone advocating geothermal energy for our very many abandoned mines. Wales has so much potential for our natural resources which could be locally sourced and extracted – not by fly by night operators from outside our nation. If we take full control then we can start to flourish.