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Smart Energy GB

24 May 2021

We’re delighted to be working with Smart Energy GB to help people understand the benefits of smart meters. The Smart Energy GB project runs until December 2021 and ALIenergy’s Affordable Warmth Advisors will be delivering smart meter information and advice alongside their energy advice. Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meters. They are being installed in homes across Scotland, at no extra cost, to replace the …

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Helping to alleviate energy debt with the Home Heating Support Fund

14 May 2021

In March the Scottish Government allocated £4 million to the Home Heating Support Fund in response to increased financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. This fund was aimed at helping customers with energy debt and those who were self-rationing. In the 5 weeks of the Home Heating Support Fund being available, our Affordable Warmth team made 106 applications, obtaining a total award of £60,010.80. This money was paid …

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Our Argyll Community Lottery page is now live!

27 April 2021

Argyll Community Lottery is an exciting weekly lottery that enables the local community to support great local causes. A ticket for Argyll Community Lottery costs £1 a week and 60p will go directly to good causes, thereby providing a fun and effective way to raise money and empower local organistions in Argyll. All the good causes supported by the lottery will benefit Argyll and Bute and its residents.  Funds raised for ALIenergy will …

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"Cosy Kits" campaign continues to spread warmth across Argyll

22 March 2021

Over the last few months ALIenergy has delivered 160 Cosy Kits to Foodbanks across Argyll and Bute. From Helensburgh & Lomond Foodbank, all over the west coast including Hope Kitchen in Oban, Hub Grub Hub in Dunoon, The Pantry in Tarbert,  Kintyre Foodbank, Moving on Mid Argyll, and on the surrounding islands like Isle of Bute Oasis, Mull & Iona Community Fridge, Solar-Tiree Foodbank and ACHA tenants on Islay. These kits included a …

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GeoAtlantic project shows potential of water and ground source heat pumps for Scottish Canals

16 March 2021

The three year GeoAtlantic project involving 12 partner organisations from across Europe and including Argyll-based organisations ALIenergy and Islay Energy Trust was completed in February 2021. The project aimed to encourage the transition away from fossil fuel dependence for heating, by promoting the use of renewable heat from the ground: geothermal, ground or water source heat pumps. As part of this project we’ve been delighted to work …

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We’re here to help: Latest on energy support available in Argyll

23 February 2021

Over the last few weeks there have been various announcements of new energy and fuel poverty support available. We can help with access to some of these funds. Fuel Vouchers: ALIenergy are partners of the Fuel Bank Foundation-through this partnership we can access fuel vouchers for customers on pre-payment meters. These vouchers are valued at £49 in winter and £30 in summer. If successful, within 24 hours the client will receive a text with a …

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ALIenergy welcomes new Affordable Warmth advisor

17 February 2021

ALIenergy is delighted to welcome an additional advisor to their affordable warmth team – Eamon King. Having worked in an energy advisor capacity for a number of years Eamon is bringing a wealth of experience to help with the increasing workload on the team. ALIenergy deputy manager Rachel McNicol said  “ we are very grateful for the continued support of Argyll and Bute council,.. this has enabled us to expand our advisory team to meet …

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Inspiration for a new generation

17 February 2021

In collaboration with a Dunoon-based videographer and a diverse group of STEM professionals, the Education team are putting the finishing touches to a resource aimed at helping raise awareness and inspire secondary school students’ interest in the key subject areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. In early March a virtual premiere-style event is to be held with the video participants and other people involved in its production, …

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Argyll and Bute Flexible Food Fund

19 January 2021

ALIenergy is pleased to be working in partnership with Bute Advice Centre, The Argyll & Bute Community Food Forum (foodbanks) and Argyll and Bute Council to deliver the new Argyll and Bute Flexible Food Fund (ABFFF). The fund, launched in January by Argyll & Bute Council, is aimed at tackling financial insecurity for adults and families across Argyll and Bute and offers financial support and wider confidential professional help …

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"Cosy Kits" help families stay warm this winter

5 January 2021

As part of a 6-month COVID response project, ALIenergy is helping to provide and deliver "Cosy Kits" to vulnerable families in Argyll. The "Cosy Kits" contain items to help keep out the cold and stay warm, such as blankets, hot water bottles, thermal socks, cold alarm and night light torch, along with energy advice leaflets and other family learning resources. Currently the ALIenergy office is full of boxes and kit bags ready for …

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Local energy project in Oban offers better consumer comfort and choice

10 December 2020

More than half of Oban residents rely on electric heating, and a feasibility study completed earlier in 2020 highlighted high levels of discontent. ALIenergy has secured funding from the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES), alongside industry match funding via technical partner Connected Response, to introduce smart control systems for electric storage heaters in around 100 homes in Oban.  The new …

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New Home Energy Advice Service for Argyll and Bute

2 October 2020

ALIenergy has started a new, two year project, working with Home Energy Scotland, funded by the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme – www.energyredress.org.uk. Argyll Energy Advice Service delivers a home energy advice service to households across all of Argyll and Bute. Assistance is available for anyone suffering from fuel poverty with special focus on off-gas households. Families not connected to the gas grid are often particularly …

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Fighting Fuel Poverty with Energy Advice in Food Banks

16 June 2020

With support from The Robertson Trust, ALIenergy is now able to offer energy advice and assistance to people visting local food bank facilities.  The advisory service runs alongside our Energy Redress project and focuses particularily on advice and assistance for people using food bank support. Being on hand to chat to clients means our advisors can provide knowledge and understanding around energy use that helps to alleviate the "eat …

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Paul Wheelhouse, MSP, visits ALIenergy at European Marine Science Park

9 July 2019

ALIenergy was delighted to host a visit by Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands.  ALIenergy Manager Lynda Mitchell, Business Development Officer Carole Shellcock, and Affordable Warmth Advisor Jenny McLeish kicked off with a presentation showcasing some of ALIenergy’s award winning projects. These include the pioneering ENBIO (Energy and the Bioeconomy) project with partner Xanthella Ltd developing the …

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