A Green Party motion to the September Ist Sheffield council meeting will urge the council to act quickly to take advan tage of relaxed rules on renewable energy generation. From August 18th councils are allowed to sell all their excess renewable energy electricity back to the grid after previous restrictions were removed.
Green group leader Jillian Creasy comments : “A major renewable energy barrier has been removed and our motion urges quick action by the administration to take advantage of this opportunity.. We are asking for a costed plan within 3 months so that there are rapid benefits for Sheffield citizens. It could be worth £1 million or more to Sheffield – the more we invest, the more we could get back.
“Every Green Party budget amendment since we were first represented on Sheffield City Council has included proposals for investment in energy saving and renewable energy production. Even before the new Feed-in Tariff arrangements, such investments would have saved money for the council and citizens, created local jobs and contributed to carbon reduction. The financial case for saving and generating renewable energy is now even stronger and the council needs to act now. This motion deserves cross party support. ” ENDS
A – The Green Party motion to Sheffield City Council on September Ist is :
That this council :
1. Welcomes the announcement by the energy secretary that, as from 18th August, Local Authorities will be able to sell renewable energy from all installations including those over 5MW to the grid
2.Notes that every budget amendment put by the Green Party, since they were first represented on Sheffield City Council, has included proposals for investment in energy saving and renewable energy production
3.Notes that, even before the Feed-in Tariff arrangements, such investments would have saved money for the council and citizens, created local jobs and contributed to carbon reduction
4. Accepts that the financial case for saving and generating renewable
energy is now even stronger
5. Therefore urges the Cabinet Members for Finance, Housing Regeneration
and Planning, Business Transport and Skills and for Climate Change to work
together to bring forward a costed plan to Cabinet within 3 months which will
bring Sheffield into the same league as, for instance, Woking, Derby and
Kirklees in terms of renewable energy generation.
B – Announcement of the new rules on August 9th : http://www.newenergyfocus.com/do/ecco/view_item?listid=1&listcatid=32&listitemid=4254§ion=Electricity
C – The statement that this “could be worth £1 million or more” to Sheffield is based on the government estimate of up to £100 million a year in income for local authorities in England and Wales in their announcement on August 9th
D – Derby council are expected to be the first council to benefit – http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/10_91/10_91.aspx