The Energy Unit was created with funding from SIC, Scottish Hydro-Electric and European Commission sources as part of the EC’s Shetland PERU project. The main work the Unit is currently involved in includes:
- Monitoring Council consumption
- Implementing energy saving measures
- Community projects
- HECA and housing surveys; NHER & SAP ratings on existing propeties
- Fuel poverty surveys
- Public events/presentations
- Energy invoicing and energy contracts
The Energy Unit currently has three members of staff:
- Energy Manager – John Simpson
- Energy Assistant – Tracey Saunders
Monitoring Council consumption
Work was carried out on setting baseline consumption figures for the Council. Consumption is currently monitored annually and compared against the baseline to establish annual savings. The baseline year was 2006/07 and the following graph gives the breakdown in consumption across the majority of the energy consuming sectors within the Council.
The Energy Unit also assists the Policy Unit in setting reduction targets for energy use.
Implementing energy saving measures
In undertaking surveys for the SIC, energy saving measures have been identified and wherever cost effective savings can be achieved these measures have been implemented. Measures have included the following:
- Low cost measures such as energy saving lighting, time switches, etc
- Medium cost measures such as insulation, power factor correction and variable speed motors
- Higher cost measures such as air source heat pump, district heating and small-scale wind turbine installations
The Unit is also involved in a number of larger scale projects including a potential wind turbine project at Greenhead, and a potential wind to heat scheme in Mid Yell where the Council is working alongside the Mid Yell Development Company and various other stakeholders.
HECA (Home Energy Conservation Act) and Housing Surveys
In 1997 the Unit produced the Home Energy Conservation Act report for Shetland outlining energy use within the existing housing stock, setting a baseline and laying out measures to achieve a 30% reduction in energy use over 10 years. From 1999 to 2007 the Unit produced biennial reports on progress against the targets.
It assisted the Housing Service in producing energy ratings for existing housing stock. It also carries out house surveys/assessments under the Council’s fuel poverty grant scheme.
The Unit has attended a number of public events to offer advice and give out information leaflets, low energy light bulbs etc. It also visits schools, by request, to give a presentation on global warming to pupils.
Energy invoicing and energy contracts
The Energy Unit is responsible for budget setting and tariff analysis for energy usage in Council buildings along with monitoring and administrating the Council's utility bills for electricity, districit heating and water meters for all it's properties. It also reviews Council's energy contracts.
- Energy Saving Scotland Advice Centre - Freephone: 0800 512 012
- Act on Energy
- Energy Savings Trust
- Consumer Focus
- Home Heat Helpline - Freephone: 0800 336 699
- SIC Housing Department
- Carbon Reduction Shetland
- National Energy Services Ltd
- Hjaltland Housing Association- One Stop Shop (Local Advice)
Environment & Energy Services
Tel: 01595 744800