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Electricity: Local Government

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy to provide guidance to local authorities on the sale of surplus electricity generated by such authorities back to the National Grid; and if he will make a statement. (253579)

[holding answer 2 February 2009]: The Government want local authorities to be able to play a full role in development of renewable heat and electricity.

The Local Government Act (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, as amended by the Energy Act 1989, includes a provision preventing local authorities from selling electricity which is produced otherwise than in association with heat.

As announced in the consultation on heat and energy savings strategy, launched on 12 February, we will consult soon on whether and how those restrictions should be changed, with any amendments enacted through secondary legislation.