Liberal Democrats' debate

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The Welsh government has rejected accusations of "failing" to support small scale community energy projects.

The Liberal Democrats were leading a debate on the importance of microgeneration to local communities across Wales, on 18 June 2014.

Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson William Powell said microgeneration can strengthening local economies, increase energy efficiency and decreasing fuel poverty.

According to the Liberal Dememocrats the 'Ynni'r Fro project', set up to use European Structural Funds to support small scale generation projects, has had "minimal" achievement in a government review.

Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams said: "We need to make it as easy as possible for communities to take advantage of small-scale energy generation".

Ms Williams added: "Resources to support local applications should be more available, and planning laws should be reformed to ease the process for these small-scale projects."

However the Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies insisted that lessons had been learned from the Ynni'r Fro project and that the focus was "to ensure that communities up and down Wales can benefit from community energy projects".

Mr Davies said that there was a widespread agreement "to change the way that we regenerate energy", and enabling communities to "feel the benefit of these schemes".

Plaid Cymru AM Llyr Gruffydd called on the government to establish a community energy fund, based on the Community Energy Scotland programme, to provide loans to local communities wishing to set up community energy projects which would be written off if unsuccessful.

Conservative AM Russell George urged the government to offer funding for Community Energy Wales, to create more community projects.

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