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6. The Devolution Settlement and Energy Policy in Wales: Reflections on Some Critical Issues

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The recently completed Commission on Devolution in Wales (Silk Commission) review of the powers of the National Assembly for Wales paid particular attention to the energy field. In its response to the Commission, the Welsh Government once again called for additional powers over energy. Yet recent research has determined that the extent of energy powers cannot be used to fully explain observed variations in action on energy matters across the devolved nations. Informed by the views of key stakeholders in the field, this paper explores other considerations that might be regarded as critical to the advancement of Welsh energy policy. As a first step towards understanding the key issues at hand, it sets out the division of powers over energy in some detail. Then, having established the Welsh Government's aspirations in the energy field, it examines respondents' views on the factors necessary for their fulfilment. Matters of capacity and leadership are found to recur throughout. Finally, these findings are used to develop a series of questions that would bear further consideration, both by those in the political arena and by those who study it.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2014

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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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