A national campaign aimed at creating more locally generated renewable electricity is being supported by St Albans City and District Council.
The move fits in with the council’s key priority of tackling climate change by making the district carbon neutral by 2030.
A motion backing the initiative was carried unanimously at a meeting of the full council on Wednesday, September 30.
It commits the council to supporting the cross-party Local Electricity Bill which is currently working its way through parliament.
The Bill aims to establish “a right to local supply” and permit small-scale green energy producers, such as community buildings with solar panels, to supply electricity direct to local customers. Currently, the costs involved prevent this.
If the Bill is passed, local suppliers would be able to receive a better price for their energy to ensure their schemes are economically viable.
This will lead, the campaign argues, to more electricity being generated locally in a renewable form to power homes and workplaces.
The council is writing to its local MPs asking them to vote for the Bill when it appears before the Commons early next year for its second reading.