Urgent action: Ask your MP to support the Local Electricity Bill on 14 October
Update 16 October 2020:
Good news! The 14 October saw a major achievement for the campaign for the Local Electricity Bill as Ben Lake MP, one of the Bill’s cross-party co-sponsors, led an extremely well-attended House of Commons Adjournment Debate on it.
A great team effort from supporters such as Green Christian and you, our members, encouraging our MPs to attend.
The result was great – dozens of MPs were there and over a dozen made positive contributions. Such numbers are unprecedented for an Adjournment Debate and this led the Deputy Speaker, Nigel Evans, to say to Ben towards the end, “The number of interventions might be a record. Congratulations.”
This remarkable turnout clearly made an impression on the Minister too, who said, “I have never seen an Adjournment debate with so many interventions.” He was also positive and showed an openness for further discussions, saying, “The prospects are considerable. We could see innovation and growth. We could see cost reductions and, most fundamentally, carbon reductions. I think that with a co-operative spirit, we can get very far.” But, as we expected, he made several points on why the government do not, at present, support the Bill. Power for People will be producing a briefing fully addressing each of these points – they can all be debunked.
Green Christian will continue to support this bill.
The full debate can be read here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2020-10-14/debates/59B578EA-04B7-42F9-8149-2D55CBADEADE/ElectricityGenerationLocalSuppliers.
Community-owned renewable energy could support local skilled jobs and play a vital role in stopping climate change. But it is blocked by outdated market rules and currently makes up a mere 0.4% of our electricity generation.
We’re backing a solution: a proposed new law called the Local Electricity Bill, that would remove the blockage and enable communities to benefit from local, clean energy generation.
Your help is needed: the Bill will be debated in Parliament on Wednesday 14th October. Please write to your MP and ask them to ‘Please attend the Parliamentary Adjournment Debate on 14th October and speak in support of the Local Electricity Bill’.
More detail and resources here: powerforpeople.org.uk
Here’s a template letter that you can personalise and send to your MP:
Dear [MP’s name]
I am contacting regarding the Local Electricity Bill. Community-owned renewable energy could support local skilled jobs and play a vital role in stopping climate change. But it is blocked by outdated market rules and currently makes up a mere 0.4% of our electricity generation.
The Local Electricity Bill would remove the blockage and enable local communities to benefit from local, clean energy generation. The Bill will be debated at the Parliamentary Adjournment Debate on Wednesday 14th October. Please attend the debate and speak in support of the Local Electricity Bill. Thank you.
[your full address]
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