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Power … of, by and for the people!

Dani Yilmaz (GGERA committee member) writes …

Did you know that 3.2 million households in England suffer from fuel poverty? And it’s set to get a lot worse: only a few weeks ago Ofgem raised the energy price cap. If we are to hit our 2050 carbon emissions target we will have to pay for it somehow. Our energy bills will rise and more and more of us will be struggling to pay for them. So it seems like a choice between “going green” and “going broke”. But is it?

Imagine this:

  • Local properties and business are fitted with solar panels which are owned by a local co-operative “of the people”.
  • This power “by the people” is sold to energy companies.
  • The profit is used “for the people” so that the co-operative can invest in more sustainable energy projects.

I know this sounds simplistic and very “pie in the sky” – but it’s not. It has been implemented for years in many areas of Europe, Scotland and England. There are quite a few of these projects in London. And some communities are saving up to 20% of in energy bills.

I am very keen to set this up for our community. I think we have everything it takes: young people with energy, drive and enthusiasm (I am myself 16 years old and have just completed my GCSEs) and older people with the experience that can give us the guidance. It is important that we all take positive action together.

For those who are interested, this website provides us with everything we need to know in order to set up and run such a project. I have already been in touch with the relevant people in “repowering” and they are very willing to help.

Let’s work together to empower and repower a new GGERA.

Please contact us if you would like to follow this up.