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According to a recent report by Regen and Stephens Scown (read here), local communities could break the domination of the Big Six energy companies by generating their own power and supplying it back to local people.

The growing interest in a more localised supply market has the potential to transform our energy system. If communities can keep more of the income from supplying energy in the local economy, fuel poverty can be reduced, communities helped to meet their carbon and environmental objectives and social enterprises created that customers can trust.
The purpose of this report is to help community groups, local authorities and housing associations understand what options they have for local supply of energy (with a focus on electricity) by setting out how the electricity supply market currently works, the local supply options that are available in the current regulatory and commercial context and potential future models of local supply.


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