North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) has voted unanimously to back the Local Electricity Bill, which is currently supported by a cross-party group of 115 MPs.
The NNDC gave the bill its backing at a full council meeting on 17 December. If made law, it would cut costs for suppliers to set up and run renewable energy firms, with suppliers having the right to sell local residents.
The bill, drafted up by Power for People, aims to ensure communities see the benefit of selling local renewable energy; give more communities the chance to raise funds to build more renewable energy; and offers wider reaching benefits, including greater acceptance and welcoming of the transition to 100% renewable power, a greater choice of energy suppliers and local economies becoming more resilient.
The motion was brought forward by Liberal Democrat councillor, Eric Seward, who said: “Community scale renewable energy is being blocked – lots of projects that should be being built are not.”