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Challenges for Renewable Energy Development in Wales

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Over the past decade, renewable energy development has received increased attention in response to challenges posed by climate change, peak oil and, more recently, the global recession. Due to this multitude of factors, ‘green jobs’ focusing on renewable energy development have been identified by policy-makers as a way of transitioning economic systems in the post-recession society. Using qualitative research gathered during the KIMERAA project, from 2010–2011, this paper will discuss the regional conditions needed for this sustainable transition. The south west Wales region is the case study location due to its prominent non-renewable energy industry of liquefied natural gas, and its emerging marine energy industry, particularly wave and tidal energy. In this context, the impact of this transition in renewable energy policy will also feature, evaluating limitations it may pose in the case of Wales. This policy will be contrasted with other renewable energy development policies found within the UK.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2013

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  • Contemporary Wales is at the forefront of research into economic, political and social sciences relating to Wales. It contains both academic and practitioner-based articles, annual economic and legal reviews, and book reviews. Its interdisciplinary content drawing on current research on Wales makes the journal essential reading for students and researchers across a range of subject areas, including political and social policy, history, law, media and languages. Contemporary Wales has published articles in English and in Welsh.

    Mae Contemporary Wales wedi’i gyhoeddi’n gan Wasg Prifysgol Cymru fel llwyfan ar gyfer ymchwil blaengar ar Gymru o safbwynt y gwyddorau economaidd, gwleidyddol a chymdeithasol. Mae'n cynnwys cyfuniad o erthyglau gan academyddion ac ymarferwyr, adolygiadau economaidd a chyfreithiol blynyddol, ac adolygiadau o gyhoeddiadau yn y maes. Mae natur rhyngddisgyblaethol y cynnwys sy'n seliedig ar yr ymchwil diweddaraf yn golygu bod y cyfnodolyn yn hanfodol i wleidyddion, gwneuthurwyr polisi, y cyfryngau, gwasanaethau cyhoeddus, llywodraeth leol yn ogystal â fyfyrwyr ac ymchwilwyr mewn ystod eang o feysydd gan gynnwys polisi gwleidyddol a chymdeithasol, hanes, y gyfraith, y cyfryngau a ieithoedd. Mae Contemporary Wales wedi cyhoeddi erthyglau yn y Gymraeg a’r Saesneg.

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