Plaid Cymru Council Leader and Parliamentary candidate presses for more ambition on green energy as Keir Starmer visits Ynys Môn


Plaid Cymru Ynys Môn County Council Leader and parliamentary candidate, Llinos Medi, has today (Monday 25 March) criticised Labour’s plan for developing renewable energy as unambitious.

She referred to Labour’s Leader, Keir Starmer MP, who used a visit to north Wales today with the First Minister Vaughan Gething MS, to re-announce his party’s plans for a publicly owned energy company.

‘Great British Energy’ was first announced at the UK Labour Party Conference in September 2022. 

Ynni Cymru, Wales’s publicly owned energy company was established in August 2023 through the Co-operation Agreement between Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Labour Government. Ynni Cymru is headquartered on Anglesey and will give local people and communities control over local resources and renewable energy initiatives. 

Meanwhile Labour cut its £28 billion green investment pledge in February 2024 to less than £15 billion, with only a third being new money.

Speaking today (Monday 25 March), Llinos Medi said:

“Today’s visit by Keir Starmer to north Wales was one of rehashed policies and announcements which are already being taken forward in Wales thanks to Plaid Cymru. 

"By working cooperatively for the benefit of the people of Wales, we are showing yet again that where Plaid Cymru leads, Labour follows.

“I can’t believe it’s taken so long for the Labour leader to visit the island given the potential here to deliver the green energy required to reduce bills and boost our energy security.

"I'm proud that Plaid Cymru was instrumental in establishing Ynni Cymru, Wales publicly owned energy company which will be a direct boost to north Wales given that it is headquartered in Ynys Môn.

“Crucially, what Keir Starmer failed to mention in his visit was his party’s U-turn on £28 billion of green investment.

"Plaid Cymru is the only party that has ambition for Ynys Môn to lead the green jobs revolution and demand fair funding for people across Wales."