Scottish government’s public energy company plans behind schedule

It has been reported that plans for Scotland’s public energy company are behind schedule. Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said, in a written answer in Holyrood, that the government had now commissioned the outline business case for the proposed public energy company, with a public consultation due to be carried out in early 2019.

On 11 November The Scottish Sun reported that Scottish Conservative finance spokesperson Murdo Fraser had responded by saying the delays were “disappointing but not unexpected” and that “it would be no surprise, as many experts predicted, if it finally proves impossible to achieve”. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said during last year’s SNP Conference that the energy company would be set up before the next Scottish Parliament elections in 2021 in an effort to tackle fuel poverty.

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