MP Peter Dowd has backed a campaign aimed at allowing communities to sell locally generated electricity directly to local households and businesses.
Currently, customers can only purchase electricity from nationally licensed utilities.
However, there is a proposed new law, known as the Local Electricity Bill, that would create a new ‘Right to Local Supply’, which campaigners say would help rebuild local economies whilst increasing clean energy generation.
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 England, Community Energy Wales, Community Energy Scotland, Good Energy, WWF, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the RSPB. 65 local authorities have also pledged their support.
Peter Dowd, MP for Bootle, whose constituency covers large parts of Litherland, Seaforth and Waterloo, said: “The Local Electricity Bill will empower and enable new community energy companies to sell energy that they generate directly to local people which will help strengthen local economies.
“This is urgently needed given the economic shock of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Bill will also help accelerate our transition to clean energy, which is critical in avoiding the potential economic and ecological devastation of climate change. I will do all I can to ensure it becomes law.”
Power for People’s Director, Steve Shaw, added: “We thank Peter Dowd for supporting the Local Electricity Bill. 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.”