Public energy company meetings timelines and costs breakdown: EIR release

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004

Information requested

Further to the recent announcement by the First Minister regarding the termination or cessation of this particular company, and following in from her 2017 announcement that this was to be set up might I request information as to exactly what stage the Scottish Government were at. Whether it be planning or consultation. Who was involved in said planning of consultation and the current level of costs attributed to these plans and recipients of any funding?


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Strategic Outline Case

Ernst & Young LLP were invited to tender via the Crown Commercial Services Consultancy One Framework to deliver a Strategic Outline Case (SOC) for the public energy company. The consultancy project was completed and report produced:

Public energy company: strategic outline case - (

Full Cost inc VAT: £360,435.20.

Meetings, SG officials with Consultants:
23 October 2017, 30 October 2017, 6 November 2017, 13 November 2017, 20 November 2017, 27 November 2017, 18 December 2017, 19 January 2018.

Outline Business Case

Through CCS Framework RM3745 Bramble Hub were commissioned to deliver an Outline Business Case (OBC) for the public energy company: View Notice - Public Contracts Scotland

The consultancy work was completed and report produced.

Full OBC final cost inc VAT: £122,640.90.

Meetings, SG officials with Consultants:
1 November 2018, 27 November 2018, 3 December 2018, 15 January 2019, 25 February 2019, 22 May 2019, 30 May 2019, 24 June 2019.

Weekly catch ups in diary between 14/11/2018 and 31/03/2019 – Not all took place.

Heat as a Service Research

A successful bid was made to ClimateXChange for research funding into “Heat as a Service as a driver to decarbonise heat and tackle climate change”. ClimateXChange then invited bids for this work. Energy Systems Catapult were commissioned to deliver the Heat as a Service (HaaS) research. The consultancy work was completed and a report produced:

The potential of Heat as a Service as a route to decarbonisation for Scotland (

Full HaaS project final cost inc VAT: £34,800.

Meetings, SG officials with Consultants:
29 September 2020, 13 October 2020, 19 October 2020, 9 November 2020.

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