Calls have been made for an inquiry into the collapse of an energy company backed by the Scottish government. Our Power Energy Supply, which was based in Edinburgh and had 31,000 customers, had £9.8 million in loans from the government and went into administration last January. Willie Rennie, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, said that without an inquiry a public energy company planned by the SNP could repeat its mistakes. An Our Power source had said the SNP “should have spotted the signs earlier” that the company was in difficulty and said “huge numbers of customers went unbilled”, Mr Rennie said. Nicola Sturgeon unveiled plans for a publicly owned power company in her at to the SNP conference in October 2017, saying then that the venture would sell energy to customers at “as close to cost price as possible”. She said it would be up and running by 2021. Mr Rennie said lessons must be learned from the situation at Our Power. “The clock is ticking to prevent a repeat of the Our Power outage,” he said.
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