Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to use new laws and the public purse to promote the creation of more than 200 local energy companies. He pledged to create 1,000 community energy co-operatives and give them the legal right to directly sell energy to the people they serve. Outlining his new ‘energy and environment manifesto’ in the Guardian, he slammed Britain’s energy market as not just “expensive, inefficient and polluting” but “above all, undemocratic”. He said the new package of policies would “pioneer a democratic, community-led system of energy supply”. If voted into office, the Labour leader promised to build 1 million carbon neutral homes, half of them council houses. A national home insulation programme would be created to bring four million homes up to the energy efficiency standards B or C, and all rented housing would be forced to meet the same standards. Vulnerable customers would be given help paying their bills.
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