The Co-operative Party and SERA have set out a vision for community energy in the UK which includes drawing upon Germany’s energy market and its support for locally owned renewable energy.
The plan is endorsed by Caroline Flint, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and is expected to be included in the Labour Party’s election manifesto.
Caroline Flint, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change said:
“Community energy has huge potential for the future of our energy mix, building a more open, democratic and sustainable energy market. I am determined to support its development so that we can replace a market dominated by the Big Six to one with thousands of generators and suppliers. “This pamphlet makes an important and timely contribution to the debate. In the coming months I will be working with the Co-operative Party and SERA to develop proposals which will bring this vision into reality. “This will include exploring the potential for direct delivery of community owned generation into homes and businesses, ensuring the regulatory environment supports the development of this sector, and championing local innovation and best practice.”