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'Time for Wales to harness its natural wealth' - Hywel Williams

Plaid Cymru has today (Wednesday) outlined how Wales could harness its natural wealth if control over the nation's resources was transferred from Westminster to the National Assembly.

Hywel Williams, Plaid Cymru candidate for Arfon, said that it's high time Wales took charge of of its own natural resources, arguing that devolving control over major energy projects could utilise these resources to generate jobs and growth.

He reiterated Plaid Cymru's opposition to fracking and stressed the urgent need to move towards a cleaner, more sustainable and secure energy future.

Mr Williams said:

"Wales is home to vast natural wealth but for too long, Westminster has benefited from the exploitation and export of our resources.

"Plaid Cymru wants to see control over these natural resources and major energy projects devolved from Westminster to the National Assembly so that the people of Wales benefit from them.

"That way, we can dramatically increase our renewable energy capacity with a focus on tidal and hydro sources, and protect our communities from damaging Westminster policies such as fracking and over-reliance on fossil fuels.

"We would also introduce a Climate Change Act for Wales, adopting challenging but achievable greenhouse gas reduction targets for 2030 and 2050.

"Plaid Cymru believes that communities should benefit more from energy generation. We want to see local people owning and investing in energy projects.

"We would also look into establishing local power grids and a Wales-wide national energy grid to secure energy transmission in Wales, linking north and south entry points undersea.

"85,000 households in Wales fell into fuel poverty between 2011-2014 bringing the total to 450,000. In an energy-rich nation this is nothing short of a scandal.

"Plaid Cymru is committed to a fairer, greener, more prosperous Wales. Our plans would see Welsh resources being put to use in a manner that benefits our communities, our environment and our economy."