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