Local MP supports national community energy initiative
22 November 2018
Power for People, an organisation campaigning for more local, clean energy, today welcomed the
support of Blyth Valley MP, Ronnie Campbell, for a Bill introduced in Parliament that, if made law,
would allow communities to sell locally generated energy to local people.
Currently, if a community owns a local energy structure, such as a field of solar panels or a wind
turbine, they are not able to sell the energy it generates to local people. The Local Electricity Bill, if
made law, would create a 'right to local supply' for communities, allowing them to benefit from
the money currently received by larger utilities.
Power for People is campaigning for other MPs across the country to support the Bill. Steve Shaw,
their Director, said, "We warmly welcome Ronnie Campbell's support for this initiative. People like
clean, local energy most when they know that their communities are receiving benefits from it.
The Local Electricity Bill would enable this to happen across the country."
Ronnie Campbell MP said, "It is vital that communities benefit as our economy transitions to one
with increasingly more decentralised and clean energy. The Local Electricity Bill will enable local
energy generation to benefit local communities. I will do all I can to ensure it becomes law."