Energy secretary Ed Miliband has said that Wales is poised to be at the forefront of cheap energy production in Britain.
Speaking to the Western Mail, Mr Miliband pointed out that more than half of the cheap energy projected from offshore wind turbines in Britain has been earmarked to come from Wales.
"I think people in Wales have much to gain from new energy developments," he said.
"There is the possibility of thousands of new jobs being created. The economic benefits go along with the environmental gain."
Mr Miliband added that Wales is well positioned to benefit from the balanced energy policy the government aims to pursue in the near future.
The energy minister's comments come after a recent visit to Anglesey, which the Labour party has been promoting as an energy island following the announcement that a new generation nuclear power station will be built at Wylfa.
The Renewable Energy Centre recently called on the government to support the green energy sector by improving skills so the UK can become a leading supplier of small wind power.
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