Council backs Local Electricity Bill

Campaigners Thank Aberdeenshire Council for Championing Community Energy

Today campaign group, Power for People, thanked Aberdeenshire Council for resolving to support a new Bill that would help rebuild local economies whilst increasing clean energy generation.

The proposed new law, known as the Local Electricity Bill, is supported by a cross-party group of 238 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 and businesses.

Currently, customers can only purchase electricity from nationally licensed utilities. The Bill’s supporters say this means money people use to pay their energy bills is not helping to rebuild local economies and local clean energy infrastructure.

Campaigning group, Power for People, are calling for MPs and the government to make the Bill law and are leading a supportive coalition of organisations including Community Energy Scotland, Community Energy England, Community Energy Wales, Good Energy, WWF, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the RSPB. 66 local authorities have now pledged their support.

Power for People’s Director, Steve Shaw, said

We thank Aberdeenshire Council for supporting the Local Electricity Bill. Thank you also to SNP Councillor Anouk Kloppert who proposed the motion to the Council. If made law, the Bill would unleash the huge potential for new community-owned clean energy infrastructure and for this to boost local economies, jobs, services, and facilities in communities across the country.

Aberdeenshire councillors unanimously backed a Motion from Councillor Anouk Kloppert on behalf of the SNP/Labour/Communities Partnership agreeing to support the Local Electricity Bill which is currently being considered in the UK Parliament at the full council meeting held on Thursday 11 February.

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Councillor Anouk Kloppert, who proposed the motion, said

Councillor Anouk Kloppert head and shoulders profile image
Councillor Anouk Kloppert

Obviously I’m very pleased my Motion gained cross-party support and I should like to thank Cllr Davidson of the Liberal Democrats for seconding the Motion. The Local Electricity Bill has the potential not only to assist local generators in selling energy to their own communities but, if made law, would make the setup and running costs of selling renewable electricity to local customers proportionate by establishing a Right to Local Supply. Renewable energy plays a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the measures proposed in the Local Electricity Bill mean that local renewable generators can contract directly with communities rather than large utility companies – real localism in action.

I feel that there are several existing projects in Aberdeenshire that would potentially benefit the local community if this Bill gets accepted in the next session of Parliament. I hope that Aberdeenshire council’s support of the Bill will have a positive influence on the overall outcome. Once this Bill would become law I hope this will again contribute and benefit issues around Climate Change, a better local economy and the overall stability and sustainability of the National Grid.

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