The Scottish National Party’s Autumn meeting on Saturday called for the establishment of a national energy company. This is an implicit condemnation of SNP leader and first minister Nicola Sturgeon, who promised such a venture four years ago but never realized it. The online conference, backed by 527 votes, is a state-owned enterprise that “sets standards for clean Scottish power generation,” prioritizes the use of Scottish equipment, and provides affordable electricity to “consumers of limited means.” The SNP Programme for government promised a “national public energy agency” whose mission is to accelerate changes in energy use, raise public understanding and coordinate investment. Talking about the move on Saturday’s meeting, representative Marianna Clyde contrasted the state-owned energy company announced in 2017 with the agency she said seemed to be just advice.
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Scottish National party members backed a call for a state-run energy company to be set up on the second day of their autumn conference, four years after leader Nicola Sturgeon first pledged one. The move will be seen as a direct rebuke to the leadership’s failure to make good on the promise. On Saturday activists overwhelmingly supported a motion demanding the creation of a Scottish national energy company, which first minister Nicola Sturgeon first promised in October 2017 at a previous conference. It emerged recently that ministers had shelved the plan, with efforts re-focused on a new national public energy agency.
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