Date Published: 20 December 2019
Councillors have unanimously backed a move to lobby the Government to bring forward measures which would open up opportunities for the local generation and supply of green energy.
A motion from Leader Cllr Richard Wright asking the full Council of of North Kesteven District Councillors to promote the Bill becoming law received full support.
While thee are no current plans for a scheme, it would establish a Right to Local Supply by allowing the setup and running costs of selling renewable electricity to local people to be proportionate.
They agreed to ask the area’s two MP’s Caroline Johnson and Karl McCartney to push for the reintroduction of the national Local Electricity Bill, which didn’t progress through the previous parliament.
Cllr Wright also asked councillors to acknowledge the efforts the Council has already made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote renewable electricity and recognise that local authorities can play a central role in creating sustainable communities.
He added: “There are very large set up and running costs involved in selling locally generated renewable electricity to local customers which renewable generating companies cannot meet.
“Making these costs proportionate to the scale of the supplier’s operation would create significant opportunities for councils to be providers of locally generated renewable electricity to local people, businesses and organisations.”
He said money received by councils that become local renewable electricity providers would be used to help fund local greenhouse gas emission reduction measures and help improve local services and facilities.