Consultation outcome

Allowing local authorities to sell electricity from renewables

This consultation was published under the 2005 to 2010 Labour government

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Summary

This consultation asked interested stakeholders to consider the merits of allowing local authorities from across the UK to sell electricity …

Documents

Allowing local authorities to sell electricity: consultation on making regulations under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 and the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973

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Government response: Consultation on local authority power to sell electricity from renewables

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Consultation description

This consultation asked interested stakeholders to consider the merits of allowing local authorities from across the UK to sell electricity generated by renewable sources. It also looked at some of the issues local authorities would need to consider if they wanted to take advantage of any change in the provision. The consultation was jointly conducted by DECC and the Welsh Assembly Government.

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Tel: 0300 068 6088 Email: steve.davies@decc.gsi.gov.uk Post: Steve Davies

Electricity Markets Department for Energy and Climate Change

3 Whitehall Place

London

SW1A 2AW

The Government is keen to see local authorities play a full part in the development of renewable heat and electricity. As part of their role in addressing the challenges of climate change and meeting their commitments to sustainability, some local authorities are now starting to consider developing renewable generation projects.

Allowing local authorities to sell electricity generated by them from renewable sources would encourage the development of local renewable electricity projects by those local authorities that are well-placed to undertake such projects either on their own or in partnerships.

Under the existing regulatory regime, they are not allowed to sell the electricity generated from, for example, a local authority owned wind farm. Consequently a commitment was made in Heat and Energy Savings Strategy consultation document published on 12 February 2009 to consult on whether and how to change the restriction.

This consultation asks interested stakeholders to consider the merits of a change to this situation by allowing local authorities from across Great Britain to sell electricity generated by renewable sources. It also looks at some of the issues that local authorities will need to consider if they want to take advantage of any change in the provision. Any changes will be made through secondary legislation - by DECC in respect of England and Scotland and by the Welsh Ministers in respect of Wales.

This consultation was jointly conducted by DECC and the Welsh Assembly Government.

Consultation documents

Allowing local authorities to sell electricity: consultation on making regulations under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 and the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 Size: [83 KB]

Government response: Consultation on local authority power to sell electricity from renewables Size: [63 KB]