Inequality is built into our UK energy systems where the places producing the most renewable energy, and exporting it south, are also paying the highest tariffs to buy back that same electricity to heat their homes and power their businesses.
David was anxious about falling into debt and was having a “hard battle just to try to keep warm.” Feelings of loneliness and isolation were increasing
“While we want to see a transition from oil and LPG to other forms of heating this cannot happen overnight or without consultation, as seems to have happened here. |”
“Any recommendations or polices should recognise that life is considerably different in each island group and that different age groups, too, have distinct experiences of island life.”
Orkney produces 120% of its energy needs through renewables. It is also a major international testing site for new developments particularly in marine renewables.
“I’m trying to show the OIC, and anyone else who may be in charge of a funding scheme, how much we value this team and how much they have helped our Community and how much they now need our help to keep them funded, in employment and doing the job they’re brilliant at.” Dee Steel
“If this is the best that the UK system can deliver in terms of protecting consumers in the off-gas grid areas of the north of Scotland then I feel that energy policy needs to be controlled much closer to where the real issues are. “
“too many of the policies and regulations around our electricity system are reserved to Westminster”
The 3rd session in the Sustainable Orkney Conference was on the subject of Buildings
How do we combine meeting our climate targets with improving energy affordability and lowering fuel poverty?