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Councils may gain power to sell green energy

The government wants to overturn a ban which prevents councils selling renewable energy to the grid, energy minister Chris Huhne announced on Wednesday.The Local Government ACT 1976, which currently prevents councils from selling electrcity, will be amended, said Huhne in a statement.
Written by Tom Espiner, Contributor on

The government wants to overturn a ban which prevents councils selling renewable energy to the grid, energy minister Chris Huhne announced on Wednesday.

The Local Government ACT 1976, which currently prevents councils from selling electrcity, will be amended, said Huhne in a statement.

"It's ridiculous that the 1976 Local Government Act prevents councils from selling electricity from local wind turbines, or from anaerobic digestion," said Huhne. "I want to see this repealed and by the end of the year I hope local authorities will be able to sell electricity from renewables – generating revenue to help local services and keep council tax down."

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