Ofgen Challenged Over Lack Of Subsidised Insulation For Islands

David Senior, the Council's Climate Change Officer

Islanders who want to be green and save money on their energy bills are being denied mainland residents’ benefits from a Government and energy company scheme.

The Government’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) programme puts a legal obligation on utility companies to subsidise insulation schemes that help consumers cut greenhouse gases and some power providers have partnered with DIY chains to underwrite discounts on loft insulation.

But enquiries by the Council’s Climate Change officer, David Senior, found that companies don’t offer a discount for island residents, even if you were picking up the insulation materials yourself from the mainland.

David feels that could be considered unfair and he’s taking it up with the industry regulator, Ofgen. He added that the discounts available to mainland purchasers could be highly beneficial with, for example, roof insulation for a standard semi coming in at around £200.

David can see why the price would be more if people need to come over here to do the work but if you’re buying energy-saving items from the mainland you shouldn’t be charged more.

David says the irony is that if you went to the mainland and bought insulation items from a store, they wouldn’t know your islands address and you’d get the discount.

None of the 800 homes in Scilly were insulated under CERT between April 2010 and April 2011, placing us at the bottom of the national league table, along with the Shetland Islands.