RWE owns and / or operates around 3 gigawatts (GW) of energy generation in Wales across 12 sites. We have a diverse portfolio of onshore and offshore wind, hydro and gas, directly employing around 200 people (plus many more indirectly) at our dedicated offices in Baglan, Llanidloes, Dolgarrog, and Port of Mostyn as well as onsite at our power stations. We are the largest power producer in Wales - generating enough electricity from our power stations based in Wales to meet the electricity needs of the whole of the country. RWE is also Wales’ largest renewable generator.
Over the last decade, together with partners we have invested well over £3 billion to deliver projects in Wales. Our major investments include 2.2 GW gas-fired Pembroke Power Station, the first commercial scale offshore wind project in the UK (North Hoyle), and 576 megawatt (MW) Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm, which invested £90m in Wales during construction, and has since created more than 100 long-term, skilled jobs at the Port of Mostyn.
We also have onshore wind farms at Brechfa Forest West in Carmarthenshire, Clocaenog Forest near Ruthin, and Mynydd y Gwair, in Swansea. Together, these projects have a combined generating capacity of nearly 190 MW.
Our last coal-fired power station in the UK, at Aberthaw in Wales, was closed in March 2020 after nearly 60 years of operation.
RWE Community Funding in Wales
Over the years, projects operated by RWE have contributed £8.6m to neighbouring communities from the funds associated with our renewable energy sites in Wales. The annual community funding in Wales alone amounts to over £2.4 million - how this funding is allocated is decided by local people in the communities. Recently nearly £400,000 has been made available to support local communities in their response to the COVID pandemic.
Investing in Wales
Our position in Wales is set to grow further - Awel y Môr (the Gwynt y Môr extension) is scheduled to be the largest single renewable energy investment in Wales in the next decade. We are also developing a further pipeline of approximately 150 MW of innovative onshore wind projects across Wales, including community shared ownership.
With this pipeline we hope to maintain our position as one of the largest investors in Wales, employing and training a skilled workforce directly across a variety of technologies, as well as many more indirectly across their respective supply chains.
RWE Renewables is also proud to be the champion for a brand new supply chain cluster in the North Wales and North West region called The Offshore Energy Alliance which directly links to commitments made as part of The Offshore Wind Sector Deal. The cluster ‘flies the flag’ for local businesses raising awareness of upcoming opportunities in a range of low carbon energy sectors in a timely way, with the aim of increasing local participation and content. In addition, we support skills and diversity initiatives in the region including an apprenticeship scheme and involvement in a new engineering centre at Coleg Llandrillo.
RWE has set up a decarbonisation hub at Pembroke Power Station under the title of the Pembroke Net Zero Centre (PNZC), linking-up the innovative technologies needed for a low carbon future in South and West Wales. PNZC will co-ordinate the joining-up of RWE development activities in the Celtic Sea Region, as three distinct pillars: 1) Decarbonisation of Pembroke Power Station, including Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and initial Hydrogen feasibility studies; 2) Green Hydrogen production including feasibility studies for the development of an initial 100-300MW ‘pathfinder’ electrolyser on the Pembroke site but also looking at GW-scale opportunities in the longer-term; and 3) Floating Offshore Wind development in the Celtic Sea.