Repowering the future: Municipal energy in practice
The privatised energy model is failing ordinary people all over the world. While we face a climate crisis that is hitting poorer communities hardest all over the world, a few giant companies profit from burning fossil fuels.While energy companies rake in bumper profits, millions of families in the UK struggle with sky high fuel bills and many in the global south have no access to energy at all.
Our energy system is built around the needs of big businesses – it’s not working for ordinary people or the environment.We need an alternative that is fair, sustainable and democratic.
In the UK and across the world, municipal energy is paving the way to an energy system that works for people and planet. By setting up local public power companies, local authorities can put power back in people’s hands.
Join the movement
Municipal energy systems are just one way towards a fairer, cleaner energy system – the resources below can help you learn more about this movement and give you the tools to take action with your council, MP or trade union.
Together with Switched On London – a campaign for a cutting edge energy company in the capital – we created this guide – “Repowering our communities: Municipal energy in practice”.
This template motion can be used by councillors to highlight the issue of fuel poverty, rip-off energy companies and the effects of climate change because of our energy system, as well as to push for a council-owned company in your area.
Local party political campaigning groups can be the driving force for getting councils to commit to local energy schemes. This template motion can help you raise the issue and start a campaign with your local party.
It’s crucial that workers and unions have their say in this movement. Jobs in publicly-owned energy must be fairly-paid and non-precarious. Use this template to table a motion with your union. Unions can also affiliate with campaigns like Switched On London, or start a new local campaign.
Switched On London is a coalition of trade unions, environmentalists and community groups calling on the Greater London Authority to create a cutting edge public power company.