Local Electricity can reduce electricity bills
Local electricity can reduce electricity bills
Norfolk Liberal Democrats are calling on Norfolk County Council to join the cross party support of 151 MPs and to request the Government and Norfolk's MPs to support a bill that could make electricity cheaper for local residents.
The Local Electricity Bill is currently being considered in Parliament and it would give electricity generators such as a local community centre the right to become local suppliers - i.e. sell their energy directly to local people - and make it financially viable to do so.
It is currently the case that if a local community centre with a reasonable sized roof fits solar panels, then it can use the power generated in the operation of the building itself. But if there is an excess of supply, it has to go into the grid for a small reward (in the region of 5 pence per kWh), when the members of the community living on the same street have to pay an average of 14.37 pence per kWh for their own supplies.
Liberal Democrat Steff Aquarone said "This is a win win. It will allow local community schemes to recoup the costs of renewable energy installation much quicker and enable them to sell their electricity to the local community at a cheaper rate than the public would be able to get from a utility company."
Steff said "Everyone should have the right to buy their electricity from a source that is cheap, local and renewable. At the moment you can only buy electricity from a utility company via the national grid. This is a process stuck in the 20th century. It is time for innovation and real rewards for groups and businesses that can supply clean energy to benefit their communities."
"And it will help strengthen Norfolk economy by keeping more money in Norfolk and mean there will be less need for power cables to run through Norfolk's beautiful natural environment."