On the Monday before Christmas, we made another stride forward in our campaign to create dramatic growth in community renewable energy generation.
This time the setting was the House of Lords, where our two amendments to the Government’s Energy Bill were debated. To recap, these amendments are based on our Local Electricity Bill, which would enable community energy schemes to sell their clean power to local people, thus triggering a surge in community renewable energy generation.
We likely have enough support in the House of Lords to win a vote on our two amendments at the next stage of the Energy Bill, which will probably be in early February.
If this happens, it would mean that the Energy Bill would come to the House of Commons, probably around March, with our community energy enabling powers contained in it. And with all opposition parties and 125 Conservative MPs lined up in support because of our nationwide public campaign, we are in a strong position to see what we are calling for ultimately pass into law.
After a much-needed bit of Christmas rest, we are now working to bring Ministers and Whitehall officials to the negotiating table.
Thank you very much for your invaluable support. It will likely get tougher from here on out. We have come this far largely because ever more people have lobbied their MP. So we need to keep building our numbers.
Over 300 MPs are already supportive, but more are needed. Could you please join us in signing up to the campaign and writing to your MP?: