Dudley MP Ian Austin has backed a bill which would let local communities sell their own renewable energy, and invest their profits back in to more renewable energy sources.
The Local Energy Bill would allow communities to sell locally generated energy to local people. It has been drafted by Power for People, an organisation campaigning for more local, clean energy. Investment in renewable energy has collapsed in recent years, falling 10% in 2016 and a further 56% in 2017.
Currently, if a community owns an energy structure, such as a field of solar panels or a wind turbine, they are not able to sell the energy it generates to their own community, instead it goes back in to the national grid. The Local Electricity Bill, if made law, would create a 'right to local supply' for communities, allowing them to benefit from the money currently received by larger utility companies.
Ian Austin MP said:
"I have backed this bill because I want local communities to benefit from the hard work they put in to clean and renewable energy.
“The Local Electricity Bill will enable local energy generation to benefit local communities. I will do all I can to ensure it becomes law."
Steve Shaw, Director of Power for People said:
"We warmly welcome Ian Austin's support for this initiative. People like clean, local energy most when they know that their communities are receiving benefits from it. The Local Electricity Bill would enable this to happen across the country."