A government minister has announced that he wishes to make it easier for consumers to access cheap energy from decentralised sources.
Greg Barker, energy and climate change minister, was speaking at the Conservative Party conference this week when he commented: "We want to see decentralised energy competing alongside other sources, as a significant part of the energy mix.
"We have to smash the glass ceiling for decentralised energy that was put in place by the previous government," he explained.
The minister pointed out that the outcomes of the Electricity Market Reform, which will begin consultation at the end of this year, could potentially form the basis of a competitive energy suppliers market.
Mr Barker said the government will be looking at ways to "change the rules of the game", by making it possible for householders, businesses and community groups to take part in the energy supply market.
His comments come as the developers of a wind farm in Dorset propose to give nearby residents cheap energy in the form of an annual rebate on their bills.
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