Ceredigion comprises of a series of isolated rural communities, with 82.4% of homes not connected to mains gas – the highest number of off-gas properties in Wales. Tregaron, the area targeted for the project, falls within the top 30% most deprived, and the rural areas around it fall within the top 10%, in terms of access to services.
It is unlikely that any significant proportion of these rural Welsh homes will receive new gas connections in future, as this would not be cost-effective given the distances involved. Efficient non-gas heating methods must therefore be assessed to address fuel poverty; and renewable technology options explored to help reduce reliance on fossil fuels in this region.
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