At last Thursday’s full council meeting, a motion – proposed by SNP Councillor Anouk Kloppert on behalf of the SNP/Labour/Communities Partnership – was passed, agreeing to support the Local Electricity Bill.
If this Bill becomes law it will allow local producers of energy to sell it directly to local the community, providing an alternative to purchasing it through energy or utility companies, empowering communities to sell their energy directly to local people.
Cllr Kloppert’s motion also asked all councillors to acknowledge the efforts the local authority has made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote renewable energy and recognise the central role councils play in creating sustainable communities, particularly through the provision of locally generated renewable energy. It was agreed unanimously.
Cllr Kloppert said: “I am very pleased my motion gained cross-party support and I should like to thank Councillor Isobel Davidson of the Liberal Democrats for seconding the motion.
“The Local Electricity Bill has the potential not only to assist local generators in selling energy to their own communities but, if made law, would make the setup and running costs of selling renewable electricity to local customers proportionate by establishing a Right to Local Supply.
“Renewable energy plays a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The measures proposed in the Local Electricity Bill mean that local renewable generators can contract directly with communities rather than large utility companies – real localism in action.”
Campaign group Power for People has welcomed the support of Aberdeenshire Council, and thanked Councillor Kloppert for proposing the motion.
Campaign director Steve Shaw said: “If made law, the Bill would unleash the huge potential for new community-owned clean energy infrastructure and for this to boost local economies, jobs, services, and facilities in communities across the country.”