Ban on selling renewable energy set to expire this summer
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/16/2012 -- Council Chief Executive Ray Morgan met Energy Secretary Chris Huhne under the solar-cell roofed Woking canopy to receive the Secretary during his trip on Friday. Huhne made the trip to deliver a pledge to give councils the ability to sell solar, wind, geothermal, and other types of renewable energy and to take further steps to help them construct more green energy sources.
The Secretary met Morgan under the arched roof in Albion Square under the $6.75 million worth of photovoltaic cells that turn sunlight into usable electricity. While certainly a symbol of the government’s commitment to growing green energy, the woking canopy is not universally hailed as a good use of money.
Hunhe told Get Surrey that renewable energy sources were “going to be expensive”, but that “for too long, Whitehall’s dogmatic reliance on ‘big’ energy has stood in the way of the vast potential role of local authorities in the UK’s green energy revolution.” The secretary continued, saying:
“Forward-thinking local authorities such as Woking have been quietly getting on with it, but against the odds, their efforts frustrated by the law. I've taken the early step of overturning the ban on local authorities selling renewable electricity to the grid.”
Statistics show that only .01% of electricity generated in England comes by way of local authority-owned renewable sources, despite the wide-range of options that exist. On August 8th, the ban on local authorities selling renewable energy is set to end and the Department of Energy and Climate Change speculates that councils across Wales and England could make up to $340 in income by selling their locally-made power.
In a letter written to all councils, Secretary Huhne urged councils to “lead a local energy revolution.”
“This is a vital step to making community renewable projects commercially viable, to bring in long-term income to benefit local areas, and to secure local acceptance for low carbon energy projects.”
Contention remains about the ability of renewable energy to be worth the effort. Earlier in 2012, a report on the solar-power generating Woking canopy emerged detailing that the amount of energy the canopy generates does not keep up with maintenance costs.
In May, Councillor John Kingsbury said that the project’s success was never meant to be measured by the metrics of income-generation.
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