Clwyd South Member of Parliament, Simon Baynes signed up to support the Local Electricity Bill in Parliament last week.
The Bill seeks to enable small, community-scale generators to become local electricity suppliers and sell their energy directly to local people.
Currently, a community that generates its own energy - for example, a housing estate with solar panels – cannot sell the energy they generate directly to local people, but must sell it to a utility which then sells it on to customers. The Local Electricity Bill would give small-scale suppliers the right to sell their energy directly to local people and make it financially viable to do so.
Simon Baynes said:
“Corwen is a good example of a community that would benefit in terms of additional income. They are already at the forefront, having launched their own renewable energy project pooling power from a local hydro scheme and domestic solar panels.
“I think this Bill has real potential to boost renewable energy projects, like we see in Corwen, and provide more environmentally-friendly, potentially cheaper energy for people in communities across Clwyd South.”