It’s time for governments to get serious about helping everyone to join the energy transition

We have been dealing with fuel poverty issues for many years but the energy transition is complex and affects poor households in many ways. Alan Pears Senior Industry Fellow at RMIT University in Australia writes a good article in The Conversation about some of the issues confronting policymakers in Australia today. These issues are equally … Continue reading It’s time for governments to get serious about helping everyone to join the energy transition

Most Scots want to “create a healthier, more prosperous future for all”

Kirsteen Paterson writes on The National website in Scotland about a recent survey that showed overwhelming support for ensuring homes are made more energy efficient as a means to address climate change concerns. While we hear much about renewable energy developments in Scotland, it is good to see the interest on the demand side as … Continue reading Most Scots want to “create a healthier, more prosperous future for all”

Scottish programme to address fuel poverty had mixed success

A recent study shows that Scotland’s flagship scheme to address fuel poverty had limited success and left some feeling even poorer. Helen McArdie writes on the Herald Scotland website that there has been limited impact. The government, however, remains committed to effectively tackle fuel poverty. Surely, this is a sign that it is important to … Continue reading Scottish programme to address fuel poverty had mixed success

Tackling fuel poverty in Scotland not that easy

Addressing fuel poverty has never been simple and straightforward. Keith Baker, Research Associate in Sustainable Urban Environments, Glasgow Caledonian University, writes an excellent article on The Conversation website about the current situation in Scotland and the difficulties in overcoming fuel poverty.   Scotland’s not even close to getting on top of fuel poverty – here’s … Continue reading Tackling fuel poverty in Scotland not that easy

How promoting renewable energy is tackling fuel poverty on the Orkney Islands

Scotland is definitely providing much of the news this week. The Orcadian daily news online website provides a good article on a new funding drive that invites renewable energy generators to donate some of their FIT income to help address fuel poverty. It is an interesting approach we should all watch with great interest   … Continue reading How promoting renewable energy is tackling fuel poverty on the Orkney Islands

How energy efficiency upgrades support low-income families

ClickGreen provides a detailed article on a recent study that examined the full range of benefits associated with energy efficiency among low-income homeowners, tenants and landlords.   Energy efficiency schemes ease the strain on low-income families, study finds A new study has examined how energy efficiency upgrades support low-income families who bear the brunt of … Continue reading How energy efficiency upgrades support low-income families

Moving in the right direction in addressing fuel poverty in England

The 2013 annual fuel poverty report for England was released last week. The report analyses data from English Housing Survey to measure the impact of fuel poverty in England. A combination of rising incomes and energy efficiency improvements in low income households has seen a decrease in the fuel poverty gap from £909 million in … Continue reading Moving in the right direction in addressing fuel poverty in England

Growing number of working families in fuel poverty in UK

The Press Association reports in The Guardian about the level of fuel poverty amongst working families in Britain. Rising energy bills and inefficient housing mean even those in work can’t afford to heat homes, a new study shows.   More than a million working households are in fuel poverty More than a million households cannot … Continue reading Growing number of working families in fuel poverty in UK

The deadly effects of fuel poverty in the UK

Simon Read writes a sobering article in The Independent that each winter, one older person dies every seven minutes from cold weather. Even with a fuel poverty strategy that includes a winter fuel allowance, we are still seeing an impact that is surely unacceptable.   Fuel poverty crisis leave one in three pensioners in turmoil … Continue reading The deadly effects of fuel poverty in the UK