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Guest: Maggie Fyffe

Maggie Fyffe grew up in Lancashire and left school at 16. In the following years, she worked as a civil servant, a youth hostel warden, a chambermaid and a craft worker. After several years travelling, she and her husband moved to Eigg in 1976. Since the community buy-out in 1997, in which she played a key role, she has been working for Eigg Heritage Trust as administration secretary.

On the Web:  Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust

Maggie Fyffe is featured in:

[Episode #212] – Transition in Eigg

Twenty-six years ago, on a wee island with just 65 residents off the west coast of Scotland, the seeds of a fascinating energy transition project were planted. That began a long process which ultimately made it possible for the island’s inhabitants to become the world’s first community to launch an off-grid electric system powered by wind, water and solar.

In the Autumn of 2023, Chris traveled to that island—the Isle of Eigg—to see it for himself, and interview some of the key people who were involved in making it happen. You’ll learn all about how it happened and what the island’s residents plan to do next in their pursuit of greater self-determination and self-sufficiency.

This is our second show in the new, place-based format we piloted in Episodes #186 and #187. Instead of exploring a particular topic with one guest who has a noncommercial perspective, as most of our shows have done so far, this new format aims to tell the stories about how the energy transition is proceeding in some of the places Chris is visiting in his ongoing travels as a peripatetic podcaster. There will be more episodes in this format to come, and we hope you enjoy them.

Geek rating: 4