Fylde MP Mark Menzies has backed a new Bill in Parliament to increase clean energy production - and help rebuild local economies at the same time.
He has backed the Power for People campaign, supporting the Local Electricity Bill. 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.
Mr Menzies 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.”
Campaigning group, Power for People, is 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, the WWF, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the RSPB. Some 51 local authorities have also pledged their support.
Power for People’s director, Steve Shaw, said, “We thank Mark Menzies 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.”