Following the Environmental Audit Committee’s Inquiry into Community Energy, (which received 57 written submissions!) they have published a strong Letter to the Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Kwasi Kwarteng MP with the subject: Removing the barriers to the development of community energy. It contains powerful advocacy for community energy’s importance and benefits and many very useful recommendations to BEIS, the Treasury, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and Ofgem. They ask that Kwasi Kwarteng respond before 7 June.

We need, now, to up the ante so that it is impossible for the Secretary of State to simply pay lip service without doing anything. So we are asking, urging, you to do the following, as soon as possible - this is really time sensitive:

  1. Write to your MPs (you may have projects in several constituencies) urging them to contact Secretaries of State and the Treasury in support of the Recommendations. We have 267 MPs with CE in their patch - we’d like to reach all of them. A draft email with step-by step guidance including how to find your MP’s contact details here. (see more resources below)
  2. Sign up to the Joint Letter to Secretaries of State here. Ideally CEOs or chairs to sign.
  3. Make noise on social media. Draft tweets are below. CEE will be posting on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn over the coming days, so please share with comments. Use all available platforms and don’t forget to tag your MP.
  4. Get local media coverage. Reach out to your local paper, radio/TV station, and any media contacts you may have. Explain how the recommendations would transform your work.

Hope for the Future has great resources on engaging your MP: a good webinar on engaging your MP as an ally is here, on writing to your MP here and links to June training workshops here including one on planning events during Great Big Green Week in September. 

The EAC recommendations are summarised here together with the departments or agencies responsible for enacting them.

We know that BEIS had prepared proposals for a multi-year support package which had been signed off by the previous Secretary of State, Alok Sharma, for inclusion in the Comprehensive Spending Review in autumn 2020. It was deleted when the remit of the spending review was reduced to an ‘Emergency Spending Review’ with a 1-2 year scope. We need to get Kwasi Kwarteng to resubmit it for the Spending Review this Autumn. So the time to act is now. 

Thanks for your support in harnessing your MP and leveraging change for community energy.

Suggested Tweets

.@CommonsEAC has sent recommendations for action to remove the barriers to #communityenergy,  to @KwasiKwarteng, Sec of State @beisgovuk. Action also needed by @RishiSunak, @ofgem and @RobertJenrick. Essential to achieving #NetZero + huge #SocialBenefit

Government urged to remove the barriers to the development of #communityenergy by @CommonsEAC. Important for #NetZero and #SocialBenefit@KwasiKwarteng, Sec of State @beisgovuk. Action also needed by @RishiSunak, @ofgem and @RobertJenrick@Comm1nrg

.@KwasiKwarteng, please enact @CommonsEAC  recommendations to remove the barriers to #communityenergy, essential to achieving #NetZero + huge #SocialBenefit. Please work with @RishiSunak, @ofgem and @RobertJenrick @Comm1nrg @beisgovuk @hmtreasury @mhclg