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Chelmsford City Council has resolved to support a new parliamentary bill that aims to help rebuild local economies while increasing clean energy generation.
The proposed new law – known as the Local Electricity Bill – is supported by a cross-party group of 257 Members of Parliament.
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. Supporters of the new bill say this means that the money people use to pay their energy bills is not helping to rebuild local economies and local clean energy infrastructure.
Campaign 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 Scotland, Community Energy Wales, Good Energy, WWF, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the RSPB.
A total of 69 local authorities have now pledged their support.
Steve Shaw, director of Power for People, said: “We thank Chelmsford City Council 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.”
Councillor Stephen Robinson, leader of Chelmsford City Council, added: “The Local Electricity Bill will empower and enable new community energy companies to sell energy that they generate directly to local people.
“The revenues received by these new local renewable energy providers would be used to help improve the local economy and local services and facilities. It is all part of our plan to deliver a greener Chelmsford.”