Publicly Owned Energy Company


About the Inquiry


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.


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.


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

Read the Call for Views

Read the written submissions


On 30 August 2018, the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands wrote to the Committee to inform it of the steps that the Scottish Government has taken recently.

The Committee wrote to the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands on 25 September to seek an update on any progress made. The Minister replied on 9 October.


The Committee wrote to the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands on 14 December 2018.

The Minister wrote to the Committee on 19 March 2019.

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