Fuel poverty is another area of specific concern to the Outer Hebrides. The most recent Scottish Government figures show that 36% of all households in the Outer Hebrides are in Fuel Poverty (approximately 3000 houses). This is the highest figure in Scotland, the average being 25%. This issue is at the heart of Outer Hebrides energy strategy, as fuel poverty in the Outer Hebrides is expected to be reasonably eradicated by 2040. No more than 5% of households will be fuel poor, no more than 1% will be in extreme fuel poverty, while local energy costs will be equal to those on the mainland.
The Outer Hebrides has a vibrant, active and mature community energy sector with over 23MW of community owned energy infrastructure being operational in the region. There are also 22.2MW of renewable energy being generated from commercial windfarms or hydro schemes in the area totalling 45.5MW of green energy being generated, used and exported from the Outer Hebrides.