Publicly Owned Energy Company

 

About the Inquiry

Background

In its 2017 consultation on the draft Scottish Energy Strategy, the Scottish Government sought views on the potential role and remit of a POEC to help the growth of local and community projects. Later that year it made a commitment to establish a not-for-profit POEC to supply energy to consumers at as close to cost price as possible. In March of this year a strategic outline case was published, setting out a series of operating models for providing competitively priced energy and helping to alleviate fuel poverty.

Research

As part of the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee’s scrutiny of energy policy, a research paper/scoping note on the topic was commissioned by the Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre (SPICe) on behalf of the Committee. The paper, published alongside this call for views, reviewed the evidence on establishing a POEC as well as looking more widely at what the purpose and model of such a body could be. It suggested four overarching objectives that a Scottish POEC could have—

  • Creating new energy infrastructure platforms
  • Accelerating wider energy system transformation
  • Increasing engagement and participation in the energy system
  • Reducing costs to consumers

The paper concludes that a Scottish POEC can deliver on a number of these objectives.

Evidence

The Committee has issued a call for views. The call for written views will close on Thursday 13 September.

Read the Call for Views

 
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