Taking Back the Power: Community Energy in the South East

By   November 22, 2015

From Keith Taylor MEP

This November, I’m launching a report which shows the potential out there for a revolution in renewables – and even better, one powered by communities – if only the Conservative Government would stop their dogged pursuit of dirty fossil fuels and start supporting clean energy. ‘Taking Back the Power: Community Energy in the South East’ showcases the way in which community energy projects across the region are supporting the transition to renewables, whilst providing a model of citizen participation in our energy system.

In the meantime, our Government is carrying out a systematic and ideological attack on renewables, whilst continuing to prop up fracking and nuclear energy through subsidies and tax breaks. Under EU law, our Government is committed to generating 15% of its total energy from renewables by 2020. In 2013, we’d managed just 5.1% – well behind most of our European neighbours, many of which are already exceeding their targets. If the Government is serious about tackling climate change, it should be investing in renewable technologies, not cutting back. With the upcoming U.N. climate talks in Paris, we have an enormous opportunity to put climate action at the top of the political agenda. That starts by standing up to our Government and showing them we are serious about the transition to 100% renewables.

Let’s make our voices heard! I am working with Green Parties across the South East to spread the word about the crucial work of community energy groups and how to get involved. If you want to join the me in standing up for renewables and community energy, join the #ClimateSense campaign and get active! In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy reading about the amazing work being carried out by communities across the South East to facilitate our transition to renewables – get inspired!

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