Published on August 23rd, 2013 | by Cynthia Shahan


From Fuel Poverty To Green Energy Thanks To Scottish Government

August 23rd, 2013 by  

The Scottish government is setting an economical and environmental standard for the world. I believe every government should model programs to meet this country’s standard. Its new program encompasses compassion, retains economic empowerment, and offers kindness to Scottish citizens. This program reaches out to those in poverty with environmental arms.

“The Scottish government has put aside £3 million for people living in fuel poverty get their own green energy supply,” Renewable Energy Focus writes.

The money is available as interest-free loans to help people install renewable heat and electricity systems. They can borrow up to £10,000 to help with the cost of installing devices such as solar panels, micro wind turbines or biomass boilers.

Renewable-heat premium payment vouchers, one-off payments to householders to help them buy green heating technologies, are also available.

Scotland Green Energy

Image Credit: Oliver Dixon / Wikimedia Commons

Of course, this is a huge help to numerous families, and it will help them to save money for decades to come. However, it’s also a strong green energy step for the country and the world. It will help environmentally, and it will help Scotland economically.

“As well as being a huge help in fighting fuel poverty, this investment will help Scotland become greener,” said energy minister Fergus Ewing. “The wide take-up of small-scale technologies will be vital for helping us to become a truly low-carbon economy. Low-cost, low-carbon heating technologies such as solar panels and heat pumps will cut emissions and support jobs in the manufacturing and installation industry. This investment will also help to boost our micro-generation market. […] With the UK government delaying its domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme until at least spring 2014; our funding boost will make sure households, especially those in fuel poverty, are able to increase their income through renewable technologies.”

This is a perfect and compatible program to work with Scotland’s goal of being completely (100%) powered by renewable electricity by 2020, complementing Scotland’s wind farms and tidal energy projects.

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  • tomandersen

    The people in fuel poverty don’t have credit ratings and the ability to wade through government bureaucracy to get grants.

    The end result of this project, like all other green energy projects is to increase costs, and thus increase fuel poverty.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Sunday morning fun – making stuff up….

    • Ronald Brakels

      Yeah, those one million plus solar installations in Banglidesh have really increased fuel poverty over there, what with the solar panels sucking energy out of people and transmitting it to the Solarians. And you can’t trust the Solarians, you know. The evidence is conclusive that they’ve been conducting extensive underground nuclear testing for something like five billion years now.

  • JamesWimberley

    At 5,000 GBP a house – half the limit – this initiative will benefit a princely 600 households. It´s a symbolic, feelgood programme, designed to impress suckers. The Scottish government has good things in its renewables policy, but this isn´t one of them.

    • Ronald Brakels

      Or perhaps the 3 million pounds is meant to cover the interest free part of the loan and since the Scottish government can borrow money at less than one percent it could cover about 8,500 ten year loans of 5,000 pounds each. Or if the average loan is 2,000 pounds then it could assist over 20,000 households. Or we could assume that Scotts are not very efficient (I mean, it’s not as if they have a reputation for being tight with money) and that it will only cover 10,000 ten year loans of 2,000 pounds, it’s still a lot better than 600, although only about half a percent of Scottish households.

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