Thursday, 17 June 2021

Watch the current time lapse video on Nethermills Hydro Scheme


Since the corn mill at Nethermills was demolished in the 1950s at least 20 Gigawatt hours of useable energy have passed over the weirs in the centre of Ayr.  The Energy Agency commissioned a hydrological study in 2015 followed by a feasibility and design study by Mann Power Hydro Ltd. The result is the current construction project by Energy Agency Renewables Ltd, with TLS Renewable Consulting Ltd as project manager and Bailey Contracts Ltd as civils contractor.

The fish-friendly, 4-metre-diameter Archimedes screw will generate up to 85 kilowatts and a total of 320 megawatt hours in a typical year. Revenue from feed-in tariff and electricity sales will be used to maintain the system, the surplus supporting the fuel-poverty-and-carbon-reducing activities of the non-profit Energy Agency. If all goes well the scheme will be generating electricity by the end of 2021.

Features of the scheme:

A hydro scheme providing 100% green electricity is in keeping with South Ayrshire Council’s long-term development plan to regenerate the riverside area in a sustainable way and contribute towards the Council’s Carbon Management Plan

Local benefits include a source of carbon-free electricity and funds for local projects by the Energy Agency

The turbine will be a local attraction on the River Ayr Way, displaying information on renewable energy generation to passers by

The scheme design, including new smolt chutes and eel passes, will assist the passage of migratory salmon and eels and the installation of a fish counter in the existing fish pass will benefit the management of the River Ayr catchment fishery

The scheme will prevent the emission of an estimated 147 tonnes of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas annually and continue to generate green energy for many decades, just as the watermills did from the 13th to 20th centuries

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Climate Fringe Week 18 - 26 Sept

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland has released a press release launching their Climate Fringe Week -  

Charities and community groups get together to action the climate movement in Scotland

 Climate Fringe Week (18-26 September) aims to bring communities together, generate conversation about the climate and nature emergencies, and raise awareness of the need to move towards a greener, fairer, low carbon society and world.

 A variety of charities and groups across Scotland will take part in Climate Fringe Week in different ways. For example:

The Arkbound Foundation, a charity publisher, will have a book launch for their upcoming publication entitled ‘Climate Adaptation: Accounts of Resilience, Self-Sufficiency and Systems Change’. Emily Andrews, its Project Manager, said: “The book will cover case studies from 18 different authors from around the world, detailing ways to build adaptation and resilience, as well as looking at alternative socio-economic models based on zero waste, cooperation and sharing.”


Take One Action will present a special evening of short films and performances as part of its 2021 Film Festival. Presented in association with ÚNA Fest, the programme will centre on climate justice, creativity and solidarity, to “celebrate our ability to re-imagine a new faith in nature,” according to Tamara Van Strijthem, Take One Action’s Executive Director.


Time for Change Argyll & Bute are planning an event to bring together people from different industries and areas of expertise and get them talking about working together on climate solutions in Argyll and Bute. The event organiser, Freya Aitchison said: “By starting conversations about the climate crisis and showing that people care, we want to play our part in encouraging our elected representatives to take more action.”


WWF Scotland will hold a virtual exhibition, the Great Scottish Canvas. It brings together voices from across Scotland with poems, stories and artwork in Scots, Gaelic and English, including from Scottish creative icons such as Alexander McCall Smith and former Makar – National Poet for Scotland – Jackie Kay. Brita Ferguson, Campaigns Manager at WWF Scotland, said: “In this vital year for climate and nature, the Great Scottish Canvas exhibition will showcase the public’s visions for a future where we tackle the climate and nature crises and create a greener, fairer Scotland for all.”


In September, Climate Fringe Week will take place at the same time as Great Big Green Week, an initiative from The Climate Coalition. The timing also coincides with Climate Week NYC (20-26 September), when international leaders from business, government and civil society will meet for talks in New York. This is a vital time to show that communities across Scotland and the rest of the UK support strong action on climate change, prior to the COP26 climate conference taking place in Glasgow in November.

Climate Fringe Week is being spearheaded by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, a diverse coalition of over 60 non-profit organisations, with further organisations supporting the week itself.

 Kat Jones, COP26 Project Manager at Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, said:

“Climate Fringe Week is an amazing opportunity for communities throughout Scotland to showcase the work they are doing on climate action, celebrate some of our successes, and point clearly to where we need to see change. 

“Climate Fringe Week gives a chance for us in Scotland to focus on those issues that matter to us, ahead of the global focus on climate that COP26 will bring, still while joining them to the international context.”

People and groups who are interested in getting involved are encouraged to visit the Climate Fringe website to full of ideas and information about how to get involved:


Friday, 16 April 2021

Energy Agency Job Vacancies

Post Title                                 Active Travel Advisor 

Salary                                      £19,418 (SCP27) per annum plus contributory pension.


Contract Length                    To 31st March 2022 with potential extension 

Workplace                       Energy Agency (Currently Home Working as per government guidelines) 

Primary Purpose                    The Active Travel Advisor is a member of the advice centre’s Marketing and Partnerships Team, and will provide energy efficiency and active travel advice to customers, partners and stakeholders based in Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway. This will be delivered through telephone, written, online and face-to-face activity and events.  We are dedicated to supporting Scottish householders to make changes to their lives and homes, helping them to have more a sustainable future. Our aim is to deliver a world class advice service and everyone has a part to play in that.

Closing Date:                           8th August 2021

Formal interviews:                 w/c  16th August 2021

         To read more or to apply click here

Post Title                               Customer Service Advisor 

Salary                                   £19,418 (SCP27) per annum plus contributory pension               

Contract Length                  To 31st March 2022 with potential extension 

Workplace                       Energy Agency (Currently Home Working as per government guidelines) 

Primary Purpose        The Customer Service Advisor will be employed on the Home Energy Scotland contract, based at the Energy Agency and will promote energy efficiency messages to householders in Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

                                    You’ll be part of a supportive team in a small but busy call centre. This is a target focussed environment which is mainly phone based dealing with both inbound and outbound advice calls. You will support our customers by providing them with independent and impartial advice about how to keep warm and save energy and money in their homes. In addition to this we operate an extensive events calendar throughout the year covering a wide variety of events across the area where you will deliver energy efficiency advice face to face with customers. 

Our aim is to deliver a world class advice service and everyone has a part to play in that. But don’t worry, you don’t need to know everything, you bring the right attitude and we provide the training. We have an extensive 6-8 week training plan which includes a City & Guilds and SQA qualification to ensure you have all the knowledge you need to advise our customers.

Closing Date:               1st August 2021

Formal interviews:      w/c 16th August 2021

To read more or to apply click here

Post Title                     Outreach and Partnership Officer 

Salary                          £24,601 (SCP 43) per annum plus contributory pension. 

Contract Length          To 31st March 2022 with potential extension


Workplace                  Energy Agency  (Currently Home Working as per government guidelines) 

Primary Purpose         The Outreach and Partnership Officer is a member of the advice centre’s Marketing and Partnerships Team. They will promote national fuel poverty programmes to public bodies, voluntary organisations and community groups with the aim of securing referrals to the programmes as well as encouraging locally based energy efficiency and related projects. They will deliver training and events, online and face-to-face, and attend meetings with partners, stakeholders and groups to promote our Home Energy Scotland service.

Closing Date:               08 August 2021

Formal interviews:      w/c 16 August 2021

To read more or to apply click here

All Interviews may take place via Zoom depending on guidelines at the time

If face to face: Energy Agency, Watson Peat Building, Auchincruive, Ayr KA6 5HW

This will be confirmed on interview invite.

Monday, 12 April 2021

Priority Services Register

Scotland's electricity distribution and water networks have joined forces to launch PSR Scotland, an innovative partnership to inform customers of the free support available when they need it most.

By joining the register you receive advanced warning to planned interruptions of electricity and water supply along with many other advantages.

Customers are eligible to register if they are deaf or hard of hearing, have a disability, live with children under five, are blind or partially sighted, have a chronic illness, are over 60, depend on electricity or water for home or medical care, or they feel they may need additional support, even for a temporary period of time.

To find out more or to apply go to the Priority Services Register website

Monday, 23 March 2020

Energy Agency Office Closed to the Public But Still Operational

Following Government Guidelines on the Coronavirus our office is now closed to the public. Our staff are  busy working from home to provide advice or assistance so please phone the freephone number 0808 808 2282 or for a general enquiry call 01292 521896.