Public Energy Company

We are committed to delivering, in partnership with local authorities, a public energy company offering retail energy supply by the end of this current Parliament (March 2021).


On 10 October 2017, the First Minister, Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP, confirmed the Scottish Government’s ambition to establish a publicly-owned not-for-profit energy company by the end of the current Parliament. 

We subsequently commissioned an independent strategic outline case (published in April 2018) to consider how the public energy company could be developed. The report suggested that a phased approach would work better.

Scotland’s Energy Strategy highlights the importance of local energy systems and we want to work with  local authorities to develop a locally based opportunity. The Energy Minister has invited COSLA to work alongside the Scottish Government to develop these opportunities. 

We have commissioned an outline business case  to create the evidence base to further develop the public energy company ambition. This is currently being finalised and will be published once considered by Ministers and potential local authority partners.