Paul Wheelhouse: despite Scotland’s comparative advantage in energy resources, there are still people in Scotland living in fuel poverty: people who are genuinely forced to choose between being cold and being hungry. That sobering fact requires decisive action. Our ambition is to establish a public energy company which sells energy to customers at as low a price as possible and to offer people more choice, particularly those for whom fuel poverty is a real and present concern. In April, we published the strategic outline case for an energy company. Since then, we have been considering the approaches set out in that report and the consultants’ recommendations. There are significant opportunities that could be achieved through developing a public energy company that is involved in both generation and supply, building on Scotland’s natural advantage in renewable sources. Scotland’s Energy Strategy sets out our aspirations regarding local energy systems and solutions. I am keen that we build on the work undertaken by some local authorities such as Aberdeen City and Comharile nan Eilean Siar, to offer a fair price to local customers. We want Scotland’s councils to work with us to develop a local authority-based approach and I have written to Cosla inviting its, and its member authorities, to work alongside the Scottish Government to achieve our shared goals. This can help support existing local ambitions to support communities and to develop energy solutions.
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