Scottish Government sets out the options for a publicly owned energy company

Governments are taking different actions to address fuel poverty. A new state-owned energy company could help boost the Scottish economy and alleviate fuel poverty, new analysis shows. An article written by the Energy Reporter on the Energy Voice website explains.   Scottish state-owned energy company benefits set out in new report A report drawn up … Continue reading Scottish Government sets out the options for a publicly owned energy company

Better understanding the impact of energy poverty in Europe

Seldom do we fully understand the impact of fuel poverty. A new photo essay examines the ways in which people across Europe become vulnerable when sufficient energy to support health and well-being is either unavailable or unaffordable. Please give us your reaction.   EXPOSED, Energy Poverty in Europe EXPOSED, a new photo essay, highlights how … Continue reading Better understanding the impact of energy poverty in Europe

UK has sixth-highest rate of excess winter deaths in Europe

Fuel poverty is gaining more attention and research is definitely needed to better understand how it can be effectively addressed. Ben Chapman writes on The Independent website about a new report by National Energy Action and climate-change charity E3G. Not in the report is a good quote by one of the authors, Pedro Guertler, a … Continue reading UK has sixth-highest rate of excess winter deaths in Europe

More evidence of the impact of higher energy bills on the vulnerable

Increasingly we are reading about fuel poverty. To date our policies have been less than successful. Mark Bridge writes an excellent article in The Times about the impact in Britain.   Health warning for elderly as higher energy bills bite More than a million pensioners say that they will struggle to pay their energy bills … Continue reading More evidence of the impact of higher energy bills on the vulnerable

Necessary steps being taken in Scotland’s Orkney islands to address major concern of fuel poverty

Fuel poverty is a major concern in most countries. Recent analysis shows that Orkney has the highest percentage of fuel poor in Scotland. This article from the Scottish Housing News website discusses the situation and the solutions.   Housing association working towards affordable warmth as Orkney remains top of fuel poverty league table A reduction … Continue reading Necessary steps being taken in Scotland’s Orkney islands to address major concern of fuel poverty

Progress being made in reducing fuel poverty levels in Scotland

Douglas Fraser writes on the BBC website about the progress made in 2016 to reduce the level of those households considered in fuel poverty. Interestingly, two thirds of the change was explained by falling energy prices, and one third by improved energy efficiency. While the progress was good, now the challenge is underway to help … Continue reading Progress being made in reducing fuel poverty levels in Scotland

Blog from Louise Sunderland – As the temperature drops… Energy advice for energy poverty alleviation

As the weather turned really cold for the first time last month the UK government published its latest piece of research into fuel poverty (energy poverty) - a report on the behaviours and attitudes of the fuel poor. The research report contains some interesting if not wholly new insights into the experience of fuel poverty, … Continue reading Blog from Louise Sunderland – As the temperature drops… Energy advice for energy poverty alleviation

Canada’s public discourse on energy poverty is just beginning

In Europe discussing energy poverty has gained considerable attention for many years, even if we are not always convinced by the solutions. Maryam Rezaei, a PhD student at the University of British Columbia, writes an excellent article on The Conversation website about the situation in Canada. It would be good to get your views because … Continue reading Canada’s public discourse on energy poverty is just beginning

Understanding fuel poverty is a multi-faceted problem

Although fuel poverty affects a wide variety of households in diverse ways, the English government’s definition of who is experiencing fuel poverty is too narrow, argues Lucie Middlemiss, Associate Professor in Sustainability at the University of Leeds. She explains why that is, and what other countries can teach us about alternative approaches. Importantly, she makes … Continue reading Understanding fuel poverty is a multi-faceted problem

Calls for more effort to address fuel poverty in Scotland

It is worrisome that 748,000 individuals and families in Scotland spend more than 10 per cent of their income on heating. Sean Bell writes on the CommonSpace website about recent developments to push for more support from the Scottish government.   Opposition parties demand further action on fuel poverty Scottish Green energy spokesperson Mark Russell, … Continue reading Calls for more effort to address fuel poverty in Scotland