Report to Western Isles Council to recommend support for Local Electricity Bill

A report that will be submitted to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council)  is to recommend support for a proposed Local Electricity Bill, which will make it easier for local authorities and community generators to become licensed electricity suppliers.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar announced on 21 November that the report will put before its next Sustainable Development Committee.

The Bill, which has cross Party support, would instruct Ofgem to issue simplified local supply licenses at a cost proportionate to the scale of the local supply operation.

Chairman Donald Crichton said: “The principles of this new Bill align closely with the Comhairle’s ambitions in the area of electricity generation and supply.  Shared Community Ownership in Stornoway and Uisenis Wind Farms and the strong portfolio of community owned generation already in place across the islands will provide sufficient generation to supply all island consumers in a closed island network.”

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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