On 10 July SERA and the Co-operative Party held a joint event to explore co-operative and community energy. Here Ash McGregor of the Socialist Societies Executive reports on the meeting.
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Caroline Flint spoke of the strong analogies between the energy and banking industries, with companies that owed a duty to their customers but who weren’t fulfilling those duties. The Government’s current Energy Bill doesn’t refer to customers and their needs and ministers haven’t provided a clear vision for energy. Labour would need to be a positive influence on the development of the Bill. Continue reading
It is an exciting and challenging time for co-operative and community energy generation and purchasing.
The Co-operative Party and SERA – the Labour Environment Campaign are co-hosting this event with leading players in the field. Co-operative pioneers, Midcounties, will speak about their Co-operative Energy service and we will also hear the new manifesto for co-operative and community energy from Co-operatives UK and the Co-operative Group. Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State Caroline Flint will lead the debate.
10 July, 7pm – 8.30pm
Committee Room 19, House of Commons
- Chair: Melanie Smallman – SERA
- Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP – Shadow Secretary of State, Energy and Climate Change
- Nigel Mason – Co-operative Energy
- Rebecca Willis – Co-operatives UK, Author of “Co-operative renewable energy in the UK. A guide to this growing sector”
Book your place here.
In the second of the essays from our new pamphlet, Rio+20: Our second chance for a sustainable future?, Shadow Energy Secretary Caroline Flint proposes a low-carbon plan for jobs and growth.
When I took over the brief as Shadow Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change in 2011, I was aware of the contradiction that, on the one hand, the BBC’s Frozen Planet was gaining record viewing figures of nearly eight million while on the other hand public attitudes showed that just one month later, the number of people who rated the environment as important was just four percent. My gut instinct told me that central to my brief were prices, jobs and security. Prices – because we must have an energy market that delivers fair, competitive prices and works in the public interest. Jobs – because as the UK seeks new growth and jobs, energy generation and energy efficiency have the potential to transform our economy. And security – because the first responsibility of every Government is to keep the lights on. That’s the only way we’ll build a consensus for tackling climate change. Continue reading
SERA has launched a new pamphlet, Rio+20: Our second chance for a sustainable future?, as our contribution to the debate at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development taking place in Brazil. Continue reading