In June, the Local Electricity Bill was introduced to Parliament under the Ten Minute Rule, as its proponents called on the government “to unleash the huge potential for new community-owned clean energy infrastructure” by supporting it. First conceived and drafted by not-for-profit organisation Power for People around 2017, the Bill was first introduced to parliament last session and has continued to grow grass roots public support since then. Speaking to Current± recently, Steve Shaw, director of the group, explained: “If you want to sell energy directly to local customers at a local scale – and local in this context might mean across a town, or a few towns, a handful of villages, countywide or even regional – the costs are so large that it just makes no financial sense. It is not viable financially.” The Local Electricity Bill was put together by Power for People and a coalition of supportive partners including Community Energy England, Community Energy Wales, Community Energy Scotland, WWF, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the RSPB. Additionally, 43 county and local authorities have also pledged their support. It was presented to parliament by the lead sponsor Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney, on 10 June, supported by a cross party coalition of 187 MPs. It successfully passed its first reading without opposition.
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