Our petition, initiated by members of Fulwood Labour Party branch, was presented to the October 2021 meeting of Sheffield City Council by our Policy and Political Education Officer, Matt Killeya.
At the same meeting of the full council, members debated and passed a motion and various amendments [start video at 2h26m] in support of the Local Electricity Bill, and committing the city council to act more urgently on the need to address home insulation and alternative methods of generating energy locally. Read the Motion and Amendments.
The Local Electricity Bill has very significant cross-party support from MPs, and by rights ought to pass successfully through Parliament. Sheffield City Council joins some 94 other authorities in promoting the Bill.
Once passed into law, the Bill will revolutionise the energy market, opening the way for small companies to generate electricity and sell it to a purely local market. Current regulations do not allow this kind of local-only supply, and industry costs are prohibitive to small businesses.
Read more about the Bill and Power For People’s campaign to get it passed.
(closed 4th October 2021)
To Sheffield City Council
Community-scale renewable energy offers huge potential to accelerate the low-carbon transition, but in the UK it is being blocked by wildly disproportionate costs and unfair regulations.
Power for People is campaigning for the Local Electricity Bill which, if made law, would empower community energy groups to start up and sell their clean electricity to local people.
More of the revenues kept locally would mean more investment in local services, more energy security, more local skilled jobs and a boost for clean energy generation across the UK.
Please support the Local Electricity Bill in order to deliver more clean, local energy that benefits local communities by:
- Publicly declaring support for the bill
- Informing the local media of this decision
- Writing to local MPs, asking them to support the Bill, and
- Writing to the organisers of the campaign for the Bill, Power for People, (at 8 Delancey Passage, Camden, London NW1 7NN or firstname.lastname@example.org) expressing your support.