Having recently topped the Private Members’ Bill ballot Michael Fallon MP has decided to use his slot to encourage renewable energy at a local level:

"I want to see councils leading the fight
against climate change. This Bill
enables them to reach beyond the minimum standards set by government. It
encourages localism."

His Planning and Energy Bill will be introduced in the Commons tomorrow. It will
enable local authorities to set renewable and low carbon energy targets for new
development, reinforcing the "Merton rule" under which over 100 councils have followed the London Borough of
Merton in setting onsite renewable energy targets for new housing.

John Gummer and Michael Jack have sponsored the Bill, as well as several non-Conservatives including former Energy Minister John Battle and LibDem leadership contender Chris Huhne.

Julian Brazier and Stephen Crabb will also have the opportunity to propose legislation in the near future.

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