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Aberdeenshire’s sustainability role recognised by councillors

By David Porter

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Councillors have acknowledged the role local authorities play in creating sustainable communities during the Full Council meeting this week.

A motion, proposed by councillor Anouk Kloppert, was passed which agreed to support the Local Electricity Bill.

Councillor Anouk Kloppert
Councillor Anouk Kloppert

If this becomes law it will allow local producers of energy to sell it directly to local the community, providing an alternative to purchasing it through energy or utility companies, empowering communities to sell their energy directly to local people.

Her motion also asked all Aberdeenshire councillors to acknowledge the efforts the local authority has made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote renewable energy and recognise the central role councils play in creating sustainable communities, particularly through the provision of locally generated renewable energy.

It was agreed unanimously.

Commenting, councillor Kloppert said: “Obviously I’m very pleased my Motion gained cross-party support and I should like to thank councillor Isobel Davidson of the Liberal Democrats for seconding the motion.

“The Local Electricity Bill has the potential not only to assist local generators in selling energy to their own communities but, if made law, would make the setup and running costs of selling renewable electricity to local customers proportionate by establishing a Right to Local Supply.

“Renewable energy plays a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the measures proposed in the Local Electricity Bill mean that local renewable generators can contract directly with communities rather than large utility companies – real localism in action.”

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