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Your Parliamentary Candidates' Answers to our Questionnaire

10th April 2015

The Palace of Westminster

The Palace of Westminster

Your Candidates' Answers to the PSEEG Questionnaire

          Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group recently sent out a Questionnaire (just ten questions) to all the known prospective Parliamentary Candidates regarding issues of concern to the Group. Four of the candidates returned the completed form as requested and added comments in addition to showing whether they strongly agreed, agreed, neither, disagreed or strongly disagreed. Simon Hart (Conservative) and John Atkinson (UKIP) felt unable to respond in the format we set out and so did not complete the Questionnaire.

          Gary Tapley (Green Party) strongly agreed to six questions and agreed to the remaining four.

          A very limited selection of the other candidates comments are given below.

          Delyth Evans (Labour Party) strongly agree to three questions, agreed to six and neither agreed or disagreed to one.

          Question 3 asked:- In view of the huge destabilising volatility we have seen in fossil fuel prices over the years it makes sense to invest in the UK's own renewable energy industry where the prices of the source do not change.

          Delyth's comment was:- strongly agree not just because of the volatility of fossil fuel prices but because of the significant economic and employment potential of the renewables sector and the equally important consideration of energy security. However, here in Pembrokeshire the oil refining industry provides high levels of employment to local people and is a very large contributor to the local economy. It is important to recognise this contribution and, whilst it is vital to support the renewable energy industry, we are going to be reliant on fossil fuels for some time and we need to protect the jobs the industry provides in our area.

          Selwyn Runnett (Liberal Democrats) strongly agreed to seven questions, agreed with two and disagreed with one.

          Question 4 asked:- The UK has a very wide range of renewable energy sources all of which should be encouraged.

          Selwyn's comment was:- strongly agree - I agree strongly with this view. I am particularly keen to develop the full range of renewable energy sources in line with the 2014 Welsh Liberal Democrat policy on renewable energy (which considered the issues in detail). I am keen to ensure that we are not over-reliant on on-shore wind as a source of renewable energy.

          Elwyn Williams (Plaid Cymru) strongly agreed to five questions, agreed to four questions, and neither agreed or disagreed to one question.

          Question 6 asked:- Experience shows that the cost of capturing wind energy on-shore is half the cost of doing the same off-shore.

          Elwyn's comment was:- neither - There are other significant advantages to offshore that helps offset the extra cost. I am a big fan of tidal power as they have not stopped yet. And spaced correctly around Wales would produce electricity 24/7.

          Wind produces electric when it can, not when we need it. Therefore we need a way of efficiently storing electric, and if someone can invent that he will be rich.

          All the questions and results can be seen in full on the Group's website at pseeg.org.uk. Go to Election Special 2015.

          PSEEG members would like to thank the candidates for taking part in this project.


Past Articles
3rd April 2015A visit to the RWE Pembroke Power Station, arranged by Marten Lewis from the Darwin Centre
27th March 2015Present and Future Flood Risks Explained: A talk by Richard Wicks & Phill Pickersgill from NRW
23rd January 2015Our Home Planet: The showing of the film 'Home' by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
28th November 2014Marine Energy in Pembrokeshire: A talk by Louise Rigby, co-ordinator for Marine Energy Pembrokeshire (MEP)
24th October 2014Extreme Weather Events: A talk on changing weather patterns by Janet Roberts, secretary of PSEEG
26th September 2014Renew Wales - Supporting Groups Across Wales: A talk on the work of this important organisation
25th July 2014How Green is our Wales?: A talk by Rhodri Asby, Deputy Director for Climate Change and Natural Resource Policy
27th June 2014Ty Solar at Rhosygilwen: A visit by members and friends of PSEEG
23rd May 2014Global Warming & Climate Change: A talk by Janet Roberts, secretary, PSEEG
28th March 2014The Swansea Bay Tidal Energy Lagoon: A talk by Owain Morris, Tidal Lagoon (Swansea Bay) plc
24th January 2014P.C.N.P. supports Sustainable Development: A talk by Emma Taylor, SDF Administrator
29th November 2013To Frack or Not to Frack: A talk by John Childs from Safe Energy Wales
11th October 2013Quiet Revolution at Pembroke Dock: A visit with Marten Lewis to the Quiet Revolution factory
27th September 2013Keeping the lights and heating on: A talk by Graham Goodeve
28th June 2013Pembroke 21C Community Association: A talk by Elizabeth Gossage, Pembroke 21C Development Officer
24th May 2013Life beneath the waves; the beauties and the beasts: A talk by Blaise Bullimore, European Marine Site Officer
29th March 2013The National Trust in Wales - Energy Neutral by 2015: A talk by Paul Southall, NT Environment Advisor
1st March 2013Climate Change and a Sustainable Future: A talk by Peter Davies, Sustainable Futures Commissioner for Wales
25th January 2013Waste Not Want Not: A talk by Hywel Gibbs, Pembrokeshire County Council Waste Awareness Officer
30th November 2012Array of Hope: A talk by Paul Carter & Kim Daye from RWE Renewables on The Atlantic Array
26th October 2012The Green Deal: A talk by William Silverstone of Silverstone Green Energy
28th September 2012A Fair Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy on PSEEG's renewable energy project
14th September 2012Not a Waste of Time: a visit to Withyhedges Landfill and recycling centre
29th June 2012The Need for a More Sustainable Future: A talk by Geraldine Leach of Transition Narberth
1st June 2012Know your Flood Risk: A talk by Andy Irving, Flood Risk Management Team Leader
11th May 2012The Power of the Sun: A visit to the Solar Farm at Rhosygilwen
23rd March 2012Planting Green Thoughts: A talk by Jo Horsley, Environment Wales Development Officer
24th February 2012The Atlantic Array offshore wind farm: A talk by Robert Thornhill, Development Manager
2nd December 2011Pathfinder Progress: A talk by Peter Willis from the Welsh Government's Pathfinder Programme
4th November 2011The DeltaStream project: A talk by Chris Williams, Development Director of Tidal Energy Ltd.
30th September 2011How Green is my Valley?: A talk by Grenville Ham, Manager of The Green Valleys Project
23rd September 2011PSEEG's visit to Carew Mill with Marten Lewis of the Darwin Centre
5th August 2011The Manner of the Message: A talk by Neil Sefton on communication skills
24th June 2011The Work of the Darwin Centre: A talk by Marten Lewis, manager of the Darwin Centre
27th May 2011Electric Cars The Road Ahead?: The talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
13th May 2011Are electric cars the way forward?: A talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
22nd April 2011Sustainability in Action: A visit to the Science & Technology Park (Technium) in Pembroke Dock
1st April 2011A Revolution in Wind Energy?: A talk by Vaughan Griffiths from Quietrevolution, Pembroke Dock
25th February 2011Preparing for Floods: A talk by Richard Wickes of the Environment Agency
14th January 2011The Way Forward for Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy
12th November 2010How Green is your Castle?: The National Trust & Global Warming
15th October 2010Challenge of the Rising Sea: The effects on the Pembrokeshire coastline
10th August 2010The beautiful Welsh coastline: Response to possible rising sea levels
18th June 2010Visit to Costain at Canaston Bridge: Not Costing the Earth
16th April 2010Feed in Tariffs: Power to the People
12th March 2010Heat Pumps & Photo Voltaic Panels: Prepare for the Goodlife
12th February 2010Parliamentary Candiates at Green Question Time in Saundersfoot
15th January 2010Weather & Climate: A Question of Energy
4th December 2009Sustainable Community Ventures: Regeneration in Pembrokeshire
13th November 2009Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example
16th October 2009Climate Change Challenge for Candidates & Micro-generation with wind turbines
2nd October 2009A Visit to Castle Pill Wind Farm: Quiet blows the wind
11th September 2009Renewable Sustainable Energy: An Energy Survey for South East Pembrokeshire
10th July 2009A talk by Lorraine Dallmeier of Infinergy: Wind Power - Pembrokeshire's Potential
12th June 2009St. Oswald's, Jeffreyston - Pembrokeshire's Beacon of Sustainability
24th April 2009Solar Panels: Three Cheers for Sunny Pembrokeshire
13th March 2009Ashton Hayes Community Energy Reduction & Hot Water From the Sun
13th February 2009Could Pembrokeshire go carbon neutral?
14th November 2008Environment Wales to provide 'Start-Up' Funding for PSEEG
17th October 2008PSEEG to become a Registered Charity

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