The Orkney Renewable Energy Forum was established in 2000 as a discussion forum for anyone involved or interested in energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy in Orkney.
OREF is an organisation with an interesting mix of business members, organisations and individuals from and outside of Orkney. From this membership, a Board of Directors is appointed annually to manage the organisation on a voluntary basis. Board members are a mix of individuals and business representatives. Board meetings take place on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.
Open meetings are also held in person and online, via Zoom, at 7 pm on the 1st Tuesday of every month where members and non-members are welcome to attend. This is a discussion forum, usually with a guest speaker, to talk about a wide variety of topics. Previous presentations have recently included opportunities in vertical farming, the Orkney electric vehicle strategy, local transport, offshore wind, solar energy and much more.
In 2022 OREF had over 100 members.
Business members benefit from OREF’s promotion of their activities through general publicity and occassionally hosting of high profile visitors to the county.
OREF also puts on a regular schedule of public talks and events centred on the topic of renewable energy. OREF members individually also deliver a range of renewable energy projects and lobbies on strategic issues relevant to Orkney as a whole. Visit our resources page to see our most recent work including consultations and databases.
Full membership is open to any business or individual based within Orkney. Find out more or join OREF.
Over the years OREF has been involved in, promoted, and supported, a number of initiatives:
- The dramatic increase in domestic renewables, both wind and solar – Over 1000 homes in Orkney generate their own power.
- The rapid development and deployment of electric vehicles – There are now over 500 EVs on the island.
- The ongoing grid constraints on the islands have led to innovative developments.