Orkney Energy Audit 2014

For over 30 years, Orkney has been at the forefront of the development renewable energy technologies.  Local renewable energy generation has increased steadily over the past 15 years, and in 2013 Orkney generated renewable output equivalent to 103% its electrical demand, a feat unrivalled in the UK, and in 2014 this figure was increased to 104%. However, the local grid infrastructure has not kept up with this growth in generation, and the lack of definite future connection opportunities is hindering the growth of renewable energy within the county.

These grid inadequacies threaten the financial viability of established community energy schemes amongst others. As a result, OREF and Community Energy Scotland commissioned an energy audit for Orkney, which was carried out by local consultancy Aquatera at the end of 2014.

The audit gives a comprehensive breakdown of Orkney’s current energy sources and uses, as well as providing switching options for moving away from fossil fuel use and increasing local electricity demand. We hope that this report will provide a strong basis for both discussion and action in the Orkney renewable energy sphere in the coming year. The audit shows what is happening, the options are laid out, and the opportunity to act is upon us.

You can download free PDF versions of the Orkney Energy Audit by clicking on the links below.

Executive Summary

Part 1: Energy Sources and Uses

Part 2: Switching Options

Addendum

Orkney Energy Audit 2004

In 2004 the Northern & Western Isles Energy Efficiency Advice Centre published the “Orkney Energy Audit: Energy production and use in Orkney 2003-04” report.

You can download the free PDF version of the Orkney Energy Audit 2004 by clicking on the link below.

Orkney Energy Audit 2004