Thursday, 23 March 2017

CARES Conference - 26th & 27th April 2017

Are you going to the CARES Conference?

This year’s CARES Conference takes place on April 26 and 27 in Stirling and is a must-attend event in the local energy calendar.

Organised by Local Energy Scotland, this year’s event focuses on the Scottish Government’s Draft Energy Strategy and routes to deliver local energy projects. Delegates will hear from Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, as well as panel sessions featuring leading figures in the sector. There will be the opportunity to find out about available funding and support, as well as network with colleagues at our popular conference dinner.

As always, the event is free to attend. But book quickly - spaces are filling up fast.


To find out more and to book visit http://www.localenergyscotland.org/conference or call free on 0808 808 2288.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Earth Hour - 25 MARCH 2017, 8.30PM




Earth Hour happens next Saturday!

Hundreds of millions of us around the world will be joining in to call for action on climate change, at a scale of support that's off the charts.

By switching off our lights at 8.30pm on Saturday 25th March, we're standing together globally to tell governments around the world that we want action on climate change - and we want it right now!

Ask your friends, family, colleagues and community to sign up here and switch their lights off  to show they want action on climate change too! Together, we can send a strong message to government that we all want action to protect our amazing planet.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Action on Fuel Poverty

The Scottish Government  announced new plans to help people struggling to pay their fuels bills.

A pilot will see 220 rural households offered targeted support to cut their energy bills – while an independent review of how fuel poverty is defined is to take place. To read more click here

Responding to the Scottish Government announcements on fuel poverty, Lori McElroy, Chair of the *Existing Homes Alliance said:

“We welcome the Scottish Government’s commitments to consult on a new statutory fuel poverty eradication target and strategy. However any new fuel poverty goal will remain out of reach unless it is backed up by stronger action and a target to improve the energy efficiency of Scotland’s homes, alongside other actions on income, managing energy and energy prices

“The commitment to put in place minimum energy performance standards in the private rented sector and a phased regulation of other existing buildings will really help improve housing conditions for vulnerable tenants and reduce fuel bills. It is however disappointing that the Scottish Government has chosen to ignore expert recommendations to set a clear target to insulate fuel poor homes to an EPC C standard by 2025 where possible. This lets down those who can least afford to waste money heating the air outside their leaky homes, with those in low energy performing homes still 3.5 times more likely to be in fuel poverty than those in energy efficient homes .”

The Existing Homes Alliance believes that upgrading the vast majority of homes to the recommended EPC C standard by 2025 would be an important milestone towards warm, affordable and low carbon homes and is critical to reducing ill-health and reducing excess winter deaths.

Lori McElroy added:


“We have the technologies and skills we need to do this but just lack a clear goal. Insulating homes to the maximum level possible would help to protect the most vulnerable, save the NHS millions of pounds, reduce fuel bills and create up to 9,000 quality jobs right across Scotland. This approach has widespread support across the Scottish Parliament and is backed by more than 50 business and civic organisations in Scotland.”

*The Exiting  Homes Alliance Scotland is a coalition of housing, environmental, fuel poverty and industry organisations calling for urgent action to transform Scotland's  existing housing stock and make fit for the 21st  century.




Friday, 10 March 2017

Scottish Government announces Scotland must do more to decrease harmful emissions

Four parliamentary committees have delivered key recommendations today as they report on the Scottish Government’s Draft Climate Change Plan (CCP), which sets out Scotland’s approach to cutting emissions over the next 15 years.

To read more click here

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Energy Agency wins Award March 2017

The Energy Agency has won first prize for the Best in Scotland category for Large Scale Project of the Year at the Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Awards 2017.

The Energy Agency in partnership with the Local Authorities of South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway and NHS Ayrshire & Arran, were awarded first prize at the Scotland Regional Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Award 2017. The award recognises excellence in large scale projects that help householders reduce their energy bills, tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions.  It also recognises excellent customer service and quality workmanship.

The Energy Agency manages the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Area Based Schemes on behalf of the 3 local authorities and are funded by Scottish Government.
The schemes install solid wall insulation in targeted fuel poor communities with hard to treat homes. In partnership with NHS Ayrshire & Arran, research is taking place into the health impact of these improvements.

The winners were announced at an Annual Dinner in Glasgow on 2nd March 2017 and presented by the category sponsor ‘Area Eco, supporting sustainable communities’


Photo from left to right - Ernie Tew East Ayrshire Council, Cassandra Dove Energy Agency, Chris Carroll South Ayrshire  Council, Ian Cuthbert Energy Saving Trust, Alan McGonigle Energy Agency, Liz Marquis Energy Agency







Friday, 1 July 2016

Energy Agency achieves Resource Efficiency Pledge, Silver level

Having already received a Resource Efficiency Pledge Bronze Level , we are delighted to announce we have now achieved  Silver level. We did this by satisfying the following actions:

1.            Staff training sessions
2.            Engage staff about recycling
3.            Engage staff about resource efficiency at home

We now intend working towards the gold level.

The Pledge scheme has been developed by Resource Efficient Scotland, a Scottish Government-funded programme delivered by Zero Waste Scotland, to demonstrate an organisation’s commitment to a low carbon economy for Scotland.