The Power for People campaign has called for support on a petition addressed to new BEIS Minister of State, Kwasi Kwarteng, to back its Local Electricity Bill.
Explaining that with climate change targets not being met, the government’s net zero 2050 target must be backed up by “strong climate action” and greater clean community energy is the answer. Power for People outlined how community-scale renewable energy offered “huge potential” to accelerate the low-carbon transition but “wildly disproportionate costs and unfair regulations” were blocking progress.
Its Local Electricity Bill would ensure community energy groups find it easier to start up and sell clean electricity to local people, with more revenues kept locally leading to greater investment in local services, more energy security, an increase in local skilled jobs and backing for clean energy generation across the UK.
Sponsored by Conservative MP, Jeremy Lefroy, the Bill was given its first reading in September 2018 but is still awaiting a date for second reading – though does have the support of a cross-party group of 115 MPs.