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Local Authorities Are Allowed To Sell Electricity Back To The Grid

Press Release
09 Aug 2010

RenewableUK supports the reversal of the previous government’s decision which prevented Local Authorities selling electricity back to the Grid.

RenewableUK, the country’s leading renewable energy trade association has welcomed the Government’s decision to overturn a ban on local authorities selling renewable electricity back to the Grid. The ban will end on 18th August 2010.

Today’s announcement from energy secretary, Chris Huhne is seen by the industry as an important step in encouraging support for local renewable energy projects across the country that will help us meet our carbon reduction targets.

Gordon Edge, Director of Policy at RenewableUK said:
“This decision is very good news for councils, the environment and local communities alike. Councils have a vital role to play in the switch to a new low carbon economy and today’s announcement means they can now take full advantage of the feed-in-tariff and the Renewables Obligation to deliver long-term benefit to their communities by way of additional income. In doing so we hope to see local authorities becoming champions of renewable energy and encouraging wider support.”


Notes to Editors
RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries.Formed in 1978, and with 620 corporate members, RenewableUK is the leading renewable energy trade association in the UK. Wind has been the world's fastest growing renewable energy source for the last seven years, and this trend is expected to continue with falling costs of wind energy and the urgent international need to tackle CO2 emissions to prevent climate change.

For details of DECC’s announcement please see here:

For further information, please contact RenewableUK's press office:
Nick Medic, Head of Communications, 07792 462 719 / 020 7901 3013 / [email protected]
Louise Jennings, Press Officer, 07969 229 913 / 020 7901 3038; email: [email protected]


Notes for Editors:

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