FLEXIS at the Policy Forum for Wales
by Chris Groves, 18 July 2016
Professor Nick Pidgeon attended the Policy Forum For Wales Seminar, ‘Realising Wales’ Energy Potential’, held in the Park Inn hotel in Cardiff on 14th July 2016. Delegates discussed recent EU and Welsh Government investments in energy research in Wales, the practical near-term prospects for progress with new technologies in fields of energy storage and energy efficiency, as well as the future for marine energy including the tidal lagoon at Swansea Bay and alternative marine energy projects in Pembrokeshire and Anglesey.
Also central to discussions was Wales as a destination for inward investment in energy, the potential for building major wind, solar, nuclear and gas infrastructure in Wales and the next steps for delivery. Sessions also examined how to encourage further community renewable projects and overcoming the challenges such projects pose for the grid. All these topics are central to the work programmes of the FLEXIS project, and Prof. Pidgeon described to attendees how it will tackle these challenges, and how social science work on FLEXIS will build on the Energy Biographies project.