Plans for a cheaper electricity scheme for the Western Isles are being resurrected
following the collapse of the original supplier.
With the islands suffering the highest levels of fuel poverty in the UK, a discounted
tariff would help tackle high fuel costs.
Hebrides Energy community supply company intended to offer islanders savings up to
around £350 on their energy bills but its commercial partner, GB Energy, ceased operations
Hebrides Energy is now seeking a new supplier to offer a special rate to island families
Prospective partners are being asked to pitch outline ideas next month.
The comhairle - which is acting on behalf of Hebrides Energy - said it is “looking
to progress a local tariff with another supplier.”
New proposal for discounted electricity tariff in Western Isles
20 February 2017
A “potential solution” though “initial discussions” with potential partners will
be used to shape the tender before officially inviting bids from companies.
The local authority set up the independent electricity supply company which also
has representation from Hebrides Housing Partnership, Tighean Innse Gall housing
agency, the Stornoway Trust and Community Energy Scotland.
In the longer term, the body plans to negotiate agreements with a raft of wind turbine
operators in the Western Isles - to buy and resell electricity generated on local
moors to island customers.