Episode 1: Tackling Fuel Poverty (with Killian O’Connor)
In this first ever episode of Energy Matters, we set about tackling one of the energy industry’s — and indeed one of society’s — biggest issues: fuel poverty.
More than 10% of households in the UK today cannot afford to pay their energy bills or heat their homes, a situation which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We talk to renewable energy expert, Killian O’Connor, about how fuel poverty is defined, some of the Government policies aimed at alleviating the problem, and how — importantly — technology-led and finance-backed solutions might just hold the answer.
Killian talks about one such solution on the market: SMS’s Solopower, which offers smart battery storage and solar generation to social housing landlords and their tenants at zero upfront cost.
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00:00 – 02:13 — Introduction
02:14 – 05:10 — Definitions, statistics, and causes of fuel poverty
05:11 – 12:15 — Fuel poverty strategies and policies
12:16 – 15:25 — The role of technology and finance
15:26 – 16:58 — The role of social housing
16:59 – 21:30 — Solopower: the financed smart solar + battery solution
21:31 – 24:00 — Solopower: explaining how it works
24:01 – 25:42 — Round-up