heb logoThanks to a unique collaboration between Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and a licensed UK Energy Supplier, electricity consumers in the Western Isles may soon be able to take advantage of a significantly lower electricity tariff.  The Comhairle has facilitated the establishment of ‘Hebrides Energy’, an independent Energy Supply Company comprising representation from Hebrides Housing Partnership, Tighean Innse Gall, The Stornoway Trust, Community Energy Scotland and the Comhairle.


Initially, Hebrides Energy will partner with a licensed UK Energy Supplier to launch a bespoke and competitive ‘Hebrides Energy’ electricity tariff during the second half of 2016.  Meanwhile, Hebrides Energy is working with its partner to prioritise the early rollout of Smart Meters in the Western Isles.  These devices will allow consumers to view their real time electricity consumption in pounds and pence and will put an end to estimated bills and associated over charging.


Alasdair Macleod, Chair of Hebrides Energy, stated, “We are positive about our initial discussions with a potential partner which should bring about real savings for island consumers over coming months.  In terms of our vision for the company, by the time the National Grid Interconnector comes to the Western Isles, Hebrides Energy will have the experience and the track record to start investing in its own, on-island renewable electricity at as near cost as we can, passing on substantial savings to our established island customer base and making a real impact on unacceptable Fuel Poverty levels”.


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