Stur­geon ‘was warned of power firm dan­gers’

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

NI­COLA Stur­geon ig­nored UK en­ergy giants who warned that a state-run power firm could dis­tort the mar­ket.

This week the First Min­is­ter an­nounced plans for a pub­licly owned com­pany to sell gas and elec­tric­ity by 2021, which will of­fer lower prices than the Big Six providers. Ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, it will cost tax­pay­ers mil­lions to set up, and yes­ter­day it emerged that en­ergy bosses had warned min­is­ters it was ‘not ap­pro­pri­ate’ for the Gov­ern­ment to sup­ply power.

They made the in­ter­ven­tion in a sub­mis­sion to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s draft en­ergy strat­egy. SSE, one of the Big Six, wel­comed the SNP leader’s an­nounce­ment this week.

But, in a sub­mis­sion to min­is­ters ear­lier this year, bosses claimed ‘this is not ap­pro­pri­ate at a larger scale as it risks dis­tort­ing the mar­ket and de­ter­ring pri­vate in­vest­ment’.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment said: ‘The views given un­der the con­sul­ta­tion will con­tinue to feed into the de­vel­op­ment of our en­ergy strat­egy and our plans for a new en­ergy com­pany.’

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