Powering Our Ambitions

Friday February 8th, 2019

Common Weal calls for the Scottish Government to launch a National Energy Company, to couple it with a Scottish Energy Development Agency and to Power Scotland’s Ambitions to become a zero-carbon nation which can tackle the problems of fuel poverty.Government Opportunities

Common Weal’s latest policy paper Powering Our Ambitions lays out the rationale for a publicly owned national energy company (NEC) and presents the blueprint for making it happen.

The paper – written by the Common Weal Energy Working Group – also sets out the case for a Scottish Energy Development Agency (SEDA) which would allow Scotland to mirror the successful approach of the Danish Energy Agency. This will allow Scotland to more rapidly decarbonise its energy network which is essential if Scotland is to meet its ambitions to become a zero carbon nation.

For this reason, according to the report, the NEC cannot simply be a publicly owned energy supplier – analogous to the recently demised Our Power – but must play an active part in installing, developing and delivering new energy supply in the form of renewable energy.

The reports states that the SEDA would coordinate the distribution of funding related to energy R&D as well as setting the strategic planning of these goals. It could also play a role in training experts in renewable technology such as energy storage, district heating technologies and new forms of home and building insulation and retrofits. Through this, Scotland could even become an international supplier of the skills required to tackle global climate change.

More locally, the SEDA would work with local authorities, health boards, housing associations and other agencies to identify fuel poor and vulnerable households and to priorities appropriate schemes to assist these groups.

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