Regen is calling on the government to give local authorities greater powers for enabling net zero. In a new report, the trade body has stressed that the UK will not be able to achieve net zero without government leadership and “active engagement of the people and organisations living and working within each of the UK’s nations, cities and regions”. As local authorities have a democratic mandate to work for the good of the people they serve alongside powers to levy taxes and knowledge of their communities, they are “uniquely placed” to lead a net zero transition offering local jobs and investment opportunities. However, to do this they will need effective partnerships with the energy networks, local communities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and the private sector, Regen said. As such, it has released a number of recommendations for the government, one of which being that it should support the development of smart local energy systems by introducing shared network access for local projects in Ofgem’s review of network access charges. It should also press ahead with mandatory half-hourly settlement to support smart energy tariffs.
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