Surrey Heath Borough Council supports the Local Electricity Bill

Date: 

Monday, 14 June, 2021

Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) has declared support for the Local Electricity Bill at the full council meeting held on 7 April 2021.

The proposed new law, known as the ‘Local Electricity Bill’, is supported by a cross-party group of 257 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.

We have written to MPs local to Surrey Heath to ask them to support the Bill.

Leader of SHBC, Councillor Alan McClafferty, said:

“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.”

Campaign group Power for People’s Director, Steve Shaw, said,

“We thank Surrey Heath Borough Council for supporting the Local Electricity Bill. Thank you also to Green Party Councillor Sharon Galliford, who successfully 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.”

In March 2021 SHBC published the Surrey Heath Climate Change Action Plan.

One of the high priority energy actions in the Council’s Climate Change Action Plan is to promote the introduction of renewable and low carbon energy across the Borough. 

Find out more on the links below

A one minute video on the Local Electricity Bill:

https://powerforpeople.org.uk/community-energy-animation/

A list of MPs, councils and organisations backing the Local Electricity Bill:

https://powerforpeople.org.uk/the-local-electricity-bill/support/