Power for People is calling for support on a proposed bill that will see large suppliers’ dominance over the energy system loosened and provide a boost to local renewables.
The group, which campaigns for the UK to rapidly transition to 100% clean energy with local communities benefitting, is proposing that locally-focussed utilities are able to buy energy directly from local solar and wind farms. It said that, under current laws, utilities take renewables from communities before selling it back with a mark-up of around 400%.
By ensuring new community renewable energy projects are able to earn a “significant higher” export price than at present, Power for People said it would solve the problem of projects failing to get off the ground owed to disproportionate set-up and running fees.
The bill already has the backing of 115 MPs, including local MPs Peter Aldous and Norman Lamb, as well as Caroline Lucas, as well as groups such as Greenpeace, WWF and Friends for the Earth.
The bill had its First Reading in September 2018, with a date for a Second Reading yet to be announced as Power for People continue to campaign for more support.