I am pleased to support the Local Electricity Bill which will empower and enable new community energy companies to sell energy they generate directly to local people, helping to strengthen local economies. This would help accelerate our transition to clean energy and could reduce our dependence on natural gas. This is crucial in avoiding the potential economic and ecological devastation of the climate crisis. I will continue to support efforts to ensure it becomes law.
The proposed new law, known as the Local Electricity Bill, is supported by a cross-party group of 301 MPs. If made law, it would create a new ‘Right to Local Supply’ of energy that would empower communities to sell locally generated electricity directly to local households, businesses and local public services. This is a key recommendation of the Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee, who advise the Government on environmental policy, following their 2021 inquiry into community-scale renewable energy.
Currently, customers can only purchase electricity from nationally licensed utilities. The Bill’s supporters say this means that money people use to pay their energy bills is not helping to strengthen local economies or build new local clean energy generation infrastructure. Both are now more crucial than ever, as the UK works to combat the two great challenges of climate change and the devastating impact that the covid-19 pandemic has had on local economies.
Responding on behalf of the Government on the 30th November 2021, Minister of State for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Minister, Greg Hands MP, said of the Bill that the Government “agree with its broad intentions” but not the detail. The campaign continues.