Could we see an Energy-Independent Otley, Yeadon, Wharfedale or Leeds – and if so, how do we get there?
Alan Simpson will be speaking at the Otley Labour Rooms on 24 January at 4 p.m. – and that’s just the sort of question which interests him.
Alan Simpson is the former MP for Nottingham South and a writer, advisor and campaigner on energy and climate policy and on decentralised energy. After 18 years as a Member of Parliament, Alan left to focus on the urgent changes society has to address in relation to energy, democracy and sustainability.
He lives, with his family, in an eco-house they converted in Nottingham and is a founder member of the local MOZES energy cooperative. He was the architect of renewable energy tariffs in Labour’s Energy Act 2008. Alan is a net exporter of electricity to the Grid.
Alan is working with Welsh and UK Labour on energy independence and has been working with the Welsh Assembly on an ‘an energy independent Wales’. He draws heavily on the German experience. There are now over 180 German towns and cities that are taking their energy grids back into social ownership, and selling themselves clean energy rather than dirty.
Alan will be talking about connecting climate change, energy and democracy within an embrace of “the Unavoidable Revolution”.
This is as much about a renewal of democracy as about energy.
Alan will be out on the doorstep supporting Alex on 24 January.
Then he’ll be speaking
– at the Otley Labour Rooms, Walkergate, LS21 1HB – 4 p.m.
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