Category Archives: Energy efficiency

A progressive environment and energy policy from the Scottish Conservatives

The Scottish Conservatives have published an environmental and energy policy paper; ‘Global Challenges – Local Leadership’. It’s not what you might expect from a Conservative paper, in fact it has a broad range of proposals that many in the environment movement and energy sector could agree with. It’s mostly an environment paper, but it has …

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Tackling fuel poverty

There has been a welcome drop in the number of households in fuel poverty in Scotland. However, it’s still a long way from the eradication that was supposed to happen this year and still higher than the first year statistics were collected in 1996. Some key points from the report: Between 2014 and 2015 the …

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What next for fuel poverty in Scotland?

The Scottish Government has finally admitted what has been obvious to everyone – they will not meet their statutory target of ending fuel poverty this year. Under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 the Scottish Government has a statutory duty to; ‘ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that people are not living in fuel poverty in …

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Time to improve energy efficiency in buildings

Governments must do more to reduce energy bills by improving the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings. MPs on the Westminster Energy and Climate Change Committee report that the energy efficiency supply chain has been affected by inconsistent and unpredictable policy signals, as various schemes have been chopped and changed. Last year the UK …

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Energy companies in bother

Scottish energy companies ScottishPower and SSE are in trouble with the regulator Ofgem for failing to meet targets aimed at improving energy efficiency in homes of vulnerable customers. ScottishPower only met 70% of its targets under the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP), while SSE achieved 90.9% of the target and only failed because of some …

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Energy efficiency- benefits questioned

ECO is a new programme that aims to improve the energy efficiency of homes in Great Britain. Only a limited number of people will be able to benefit from ECO but the cost of the policy will be borne by all energy bill-payers.  A new report from IPPR assesses what those costs might be and …

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Council led energy efficiency

The Sunday Herald has highlighted a local authority initiative in Glenrothes that is being hailed as a breakthrough in the quest for a “smart grid” that will reduce network losses of electricity, saving millions of pounds for consumers. Network waste is estimated by DECC at £3 billion a year in the UK, mainly through “copper …

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