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Action on fuel poverty

Published: 30 Sep 2016 09:30

Over £9 million to improve energy efficiency.

Homes and businesses across 11 local authority areas will be warmer and cheaper to heat thanks to over £9 million of Scottish Government funding.

Councils have been awarded the funding to pilot new and innovative approaches to drive down energy bills and tackle climate change.

Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) Pathfinder Fund is being directed at businesses, community groups and individuals working and living in areas with particularly high levels of fuel poverty.

These pilots will help shape the wider work that will be delivered when SEEP is rolled out further from 2018.

Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities Angela Constance announced the funding on a visit to meet Margaret Wilson, a West Lothian householder who has already seen her fuel bills reduced thanks to the installation of Scottish Government-funded energy efficiency measures.

Ms Constance also visited Lanthorn Community Centre and met with a local mum and toddler group to talk to them about what measures they can take to help make their homes easier to heat this winter.

Ms Constance said:

"Since 2008 over one million energy efficiency measures have been installed in almost one million households across Scotland which has helped make homes warmer and easier to heat.

"The Scottish Government will continue to prioritise tackling fuel poverty and remains committed to helping those most in need.

These SEEP pilot projects will build on our existing support for households and also improve the energy efficiency of community centres, charities, businesses and commercial properties.

"Tackling fuel poverty is a priority for us, but we need to be creative if we want to make a real lasting difference. I look forward to seeing how councils can bring their innovative ideas to life to reduce energy bills and tackle fuel poverty in their communities."

Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse said:

"By taking a coordinated approach to improving buildings across the commercial, public and industrial sectors we are not only boosting the economy but will be able to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions which will help us meet our ambitious climate change targets.

"This is part of our overall investment of over £1 billion by 2021 in energy efficiency which aims to make homes and buildings warmer, improve health outcomes and create a supply chain across all of Scotland which will support around 4,000 jobs a year once the programme is fully operational."

Margaret Wilson, from Livingston, West Lothian, has already benefitted from Scottish Government funded fuel efficiency measures. She said:

"We are delighted with the work carried out and we're already feeling the benefits of having a warmer home. With winter not far off, it will make a huge difference to us to have the peace of mind that our home is more energy efficient and we can afford to have the heating on a bit longer without worrying as much about when the bill comes in.

"Everyone we dealt with was so helpful and everything went smoothly – we'd definitely recommend that other people apply and have the same experience that we did."

Notes to editors

Householders who would like to know more about this and other Scottish Government funded offers can contact the Scottish Government' s Home Energy Scotland hotline on 0808 808 2282 or visit www.homeenergyscotland.org. Businesses looking for advice on saving energy can contact Resource Efficient Scotland on 0808 808 2268.

The projects will build upon and integrate existing domestic and non-domestic energy efficiency programmes, bringing together support from the Scottish Government's Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme, with the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS): Area Based Scheme.

A total of £14 million was made available for SEEP projects, with £9.1 million of funding being allocated to successful applicants , and the remaining funding being allocated to other energy efficiency projects across Scotland.

Funding breakdown:

Area

Funding

Proposal

Aberdeen City

£1,260,038

Install overcladding, with an insulated rainscreen, at seven multi-storey blocks (containing 781 households) already connected to the existing district heating network and extend existing CHP District to seven non domestic buildings

Aberdeenshire

£660,700

Installation of energy efficiency measures to 165 domestic premises (social and private housing) as well as energy efficiency measures to four non domestic properties..

City of Edinburgh

£1, 027, 774

Energy efficiency measures for 397 owners and 341 social landlord properties in Leith. Insulation and other energy efficiency measures of council owned Duncan House Resource Centre; building energy management system upgrades for 6 schools and one community centre in Leith.

East Lothian

£857,323

Energy efficiency measures for 245 households. Energy efficiency measures in one Council owned building and one commercial unit.

Fife

£348,301

External Wall Insulation and any other low cost measures required for 23 privately owned and 33 council properties in the Dunfermline area. Install energy efficiency measures and expand and improve a business centre biomass system, install energy efficiency measures in a community centre and 3 schools, all in Dunfermline.

Glasgow City

£620, 400

Solid wall insulation measures to 38 privately owned and 68 social rented properties. Energy efficiency measures for 16 commercial premises, one community centre and 2 nurseries.

Midlothian

£928,484

External wall Insulation and any other low cost measures for 76 privately owned and 35 council properties in the Ladywood area.

Range of energy efficiency measures for Penicuik Town Hall and Penicuik High Pavilion.

Shetland

£383,861

Insulation in 30 privately owned properties currently connected to the Lerwick District Heating System plus, where necessary, the replacement of old inefficient heat exchangers and the installation of adequate controls to better operate radiators or heating systems. Installation of energy demand reduction measures in 10 non-domestic properties. Trial of solar PV panels as a supplement to district heating in a care home.

South Lanarkshire

£597,013

External Wall Insulation to 48 Owners and 20 council properties in Hamilton. Energy efficiency measures in Council HQ and 3 NHS properties.

Stirling

£1,075,850

Installation of solid wall insulation in 124 domestic homes in Bannockburn and Deanston as well as heating upgrades to a number of homes in Deanston. Improvements to energy efficiency to commercial units and library in Bannockburn

West Lothian

£450,625

External Wall Insulation for 39 owners, 4 council properties and energy efficiency measures for a community centre.

TOTAL

£8, 210368

In addition, nearly £900,000 of loan funding is being made available to councils.