Energy Bill of Rights

Reclaim the Power signed up to Energy Bill of Rights in 2015.

Fuel Poverty Action’s Energy Bill of Rights

1. We all have the right to affordable energy to meet our basic needs. Everyone should be able to cook food and keep warm when it’s cold.

2. We all have the right to energy that does not harm us, the envionment or the climate. This means shifting from fossil fuels and nuclear power to renewable energy from the sun, wind and waves.

3. We all have the right to energy that does not threaten health, safety, water, wair or the local environment of a community. This means no fracking and no unwanted oil and gas pipelines through communities.

4. We all have the right to a fair pricing system that does not penalise those who use less. The standing charge should be abolished. People should not pay more per unit when they cut down their energy use.

5. We all have the right not to be cut off from our energy supply. We should not be disconnected because we cannot afford to pay our bills or top up our meters.

6. We all have the right not to be forced onto a prepayment meter. Energy companies should have no right to break into our homes and install them against our will.

7. We all have the right to energy that is owned by us and run in our interests. Energy should not be run in the interests of big business and shareholders. There is an important role for both local and community ownership and democratic public ownership.

8. We all have the right to properly insulated well repaired housing that does not waste energy. This must include protection for tenants who demand it from their landlords who may fear eviction if they approach their landlords in pursuit of this right.

See Red Pepper’s article on the Energy Bill of Rights launch for more information.

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