Western Isles Council is looking for a private sector partner to help it further develop the proposals for their Outer Hebrides energy supply company.
The contract is to develop a business plan and Heads of Commercial Terms which would form the basis for a final agreement to be in place by the end of Summer 2015, by which time an energy supply company should be fully incorporated as an independent entity.
The requirement is to enable the council to enter into an agreement with a UK licensed supplier to develop a durable, competitive electricity tariff which could be offered to the local community.
The Western Isles suffer from some of the highest levels of fuel poverty in the UK.
Deadline for bids is by 30 June 2015.
Meanwhile, a London-based consultancy has won a £250,000 Scottish Government contract to build a commission a model of the energy system in Scotland, including all processes or investments carrying the potential to impact upon the level of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or removals in Scotland.
The Office of the Chief Economic Adviser of the Scottish Government wants the model to simulate investment decisions across the Scottish energy system from the year 2010 out to 2050 and to output (as a minimum): commodity prices, investment costs, CO2 and all GHG emissions; energy-flows and capacities. A total of eight companies bid for the 27-month contract, which was awarded to E4tech, based in Victoria, London SW1.