First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced four years ago the intention to establish a not-for-profit national energy company that would deliver low-cost green power to households across the country, helping to reduce fuel poverty and tackle climate change. Speaking at the SNP party conference in 2017, she said energy would be “bought wholesale or generated here in Scotland – renewable, of course – and sold to customers as close to cost price as possible”. But the proposal is absent from the latest Programme for Government, released on Tuesday, less than two months before Scotland is set to host the United Nations climate summit COP26. Efforts will instead focus on the creation of a “new dedicated national public energy agency”, more akin to an advisory body. The move has been branded “a total dereliction of duty” and an “embarrassing downgrade” for the SNP and their new partners in government, the Scottish Greens, who had backed the plans. In June this year, Greens co-leader Lorna Slater, now herself a government minister, criticised Ms Sturgeon for not moving fast enough on the proposal.
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