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Green Energy Bill Success!

The Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill, backed by ACE and the Micropower Council, today received its Second Reading in Parliament. The Bill was adopted by former Shadow Environment Secretary Peter Ainsworth MP in the Private Members’ Ballot.

The Bill defines the term ‘green energy’ to mean small scale generation and energy efficiency. This is an important milestone – both in terms of the definition of green energy and the inclusion of energy efficiency in that definition.

The House of Commons has taken an important step in allowing citizens to produce their own sustainable heat and power as this Bill will remove red tape and planning bureaucracy thus making it much easier for ordinary people to play their part in the fight against climate change.

The Bill is supported by the Government and the other main political parties. Early Day Motion 1010 which supports the Bill has 214 signatures.

The Green Energy Bill will:

  • Require the government within 12 months to publish a revised Microgeneration Strategy.The strategy must include financial and fiscal measures to increase the uptake of microgeneration and energy efficiency, improve the sustainability of local communities, create and sustain green jobs, and alleviate fuel poverty.
  • Prevent increases in business rates or council tax directly as a consequence of the installation of energy saving measures    and microgeneration, as such increased taxes are a disincentive to action.
  • Remove the need for certain technologies below a certain size and noise level installed in homes to require planning permission.

The Bill will now return to Parliament to be discussed in Committee.

The text of the Bill can be found at www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmbills/015/2009015.pdf

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